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Archive for the 'Metaphor and Language' Category

22 Apr

Disability: Almost There

I am interested in how prevalent disability is in all manner of cultural formations, and, paradoxically, how invisible. As I watch a film or read a book, I can (or think I can) guess when the impaired character, theme or trope will emerge, and then how she, he or it will serve the plot or […]

01 Mar

Examining Life/Disability

The documentary film Examined Life opened Wednesday, 2/25, at the IFC Theatre in NYC – check their site for schedule for film in NYC (through Tuesday, March 3), and then check film’s website for screenings around country.
“EXAMINED LIFE takes philosophy out of the classroom and into the street, as filmmaker Astra Taylor (Zizek!) accompanies a […]

11 Mar

Disability Imagery In Advertising - Objectives and Consequences

There are a couple of new advertisements - both television and print for the Lincoln MKZ that feature disabled triathlete Sarah Reinersten. The ads are part of a new campaign by Lincoln called “Dreams.” The print ad is below:

[A young, athletic, white woman in sports clothes with one
prosthetic running leg doing stretches on […]

25 Feb

Let Freedom Ring?

For those of you theorists out there, who may want to give George Steiner a run for his money, check out his new book, My Unwritten Books. Here are two quotes from The New York Times Book Review:
“And yet, language goes only so far; after speculating about what sex must be like for the […]

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