Over the last few decades disability studies has emerged not only as a discipline in itself but also as a catalyst for cultural disability studies and Disability Studies in Education. In this book the three areas become united in a new field that recognises education as a discourse between tutors and students who explore representations of disability on the levels of everything from academic disciplines and knowledge to language and theory; from received understandings and social attitudes to narrative and characterisation.

Moving from late nineteenth to early twenty-first-century representations, this book combines disability studies with aesthetics, film studies, Holocaust studies, gender studies, happiness studies, popular music studies, humour studies, and media studies. In so doing it encourages discussion around representations of disability in drama, novels, films, autobiography, short stories, music videos, sitcoms, and advertising campaigns. Discussions are underpinned by the tripartite model of disability and so disrupt one-dimensional representations.

Cultural Disability Studies in Education encourages educators and students to engage with disability as an isolating, hurtful, and joyful experience that merits multiple levels of representation and offers true potential for a non-normative social aesthetic. It will be required reading for all scholars and students of disability studies, cultural disability studies, Disability Studies in Education, sociology, and cultural studies.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction: Cultural disability studies in education

Fields, representations, and social aesthetics

chapter 1|11 pages

Visions from the yellow decade

Disability, aesthetics, and residual existence

chapter 2|11 pages

From sideshow to cinema

Disability, film, and horrification

chapter 3|12 pages

Remembering the drowned and the saved

Disability, Holocaust, and the inadequacies of representation

chapter 4|12 pages

In the log house

Disability, gender, and resistance to social norms

chapter 5|12 pages

Stuff happens

Disability, happiness, and the pursuit of cure

chapter 6|12 pages

End of the rock star

Disability, music, and the passage of time

chapter 7|11 pages

One of the crowd

Disability, humour, and the contradictions of comedy

chapter 8|13 pages

On the campaign trail

Disability, mass media, and levels of representation

chapter |5 pages