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FDR's Body Politics : The Rhetoric of Disability - Davis W. Houck

FDR's Body Politics

The Rhetoric of Disability

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Franklin Roosevelt instinctively understood that a politician of his era who was unable to control his own body would be perceived as unable to control the body politic. He therefore took great care to hide his polioinduced lameness both visually and verbally. In FDR’s Body Politics, Houck and Kiewe analyze the silences surrounding Roosevelt’s disability, the words he chose to portray himself and his policies as powerful and healthgiving, and the methods he used to maximize the appearance of physical strength.

Keeping secrets -- Quo vadis? -- In sickness and in health -- Looking for looker -- A new deal and a new body -- A satisfactory embodiment -- Body politics.

ISBN: 9781603446730
ISBN-10: 1603446737
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 4th March 2003
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Edition Number: 1