The Cinema of Isolation: A History of Physical Disability in the Movies

The Cinema of Isolation: A History of Physical Disability in the Movies

written by Martin F. Norden, fl. 1994 (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1994), 404 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Filmmakers have often encouraged us to regard people with physical disabilities in terms of pity, awe, humor, or fear - as 'Others' who somehow deserve to be isolated from the rest of society. In this first history of the portrayal of physical disability in the movies, Martin Norden examines hundreds of Hollywood movies (and notable international ones), finds their place within mainstream society, and uncovers the movie industry's practices for maintaining the status quo - keeping people with disabilities dependent and "in their place." Norden offers a dazzling array of physically disabled characters who embody or break out of the stereotypes that have both influenced and been symptomatic of society's fluctuating relationship with its physically disabled minority. He shows us 'sweet innocents' like Tiny Tim, 'obsessive avengers' like Quasimodo, variations on the disabled veteran, and many others. He observes the arrival of a new set of stereotypes tied to the growth of science and technology in the 1970s and 1980s, and underscores movies like My Left Foot and The Waterdance that display a newfound sensitivity. Norden's in-depth knowledge of disability history makes for a particularly intelligent and sensitive approach to this long overlooked issue in media studies.
Field of Interest
Disability Studies
Author
Martin F. Norden, fl. 1994
Publisher
Rutgers University Press
Copyright Message
Copyright © 1994 by Martin F. Norden. Reprinted by permission of Rutgers University Press.
Content Type
Book
Format
Text
Page Count
404
Publication Year
1994
Publisher
Rutgers University Press
Place Published / Released
New Brunswick, NJ
Subject
Disability Studies, Diversity, Arts, Sport, & Culture, The Media, Filmmaking industry, Stereotypes, Popular culture, Disabled persons, Culture and Arts, Individual Expression, Arte, Esporte e Cultura, Arte, Deporte y Cultura, Social Perception, Los Medios, A Mídia, Late 20th Century (1975–2000)
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Culture and Arts, Individual Expression, Arte, Esporte e Cultura, Arte, Deporte y Cultura, Social Perception, Los Medios, A Mídia

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