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Brilliant Imperfection : Grappling with Cure - Eli Clare

Brilliant Imperfection

Grappling with Cure

By: Eli Clare


Published: 3rd February 2017
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In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure-the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. Clare grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds. The stories he tells range widely, stretching from disability stereotypes to weight loss surgery, gender transition to skin lightening creams. At each turn, Clare weaves race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender together, insisting on the nonnegotiable value of body-mind difference. Into this mix, he adds environmental politics, thinking about ecosystem loss and restoration as a way of delving more deeply into cure. Ultimately Brilliant Imperfection reveals cure to be an ideology grounded in the twin notions of normal and natural, slippery and powerful, necessary and damaging all at the same time.

"Clare's Brilliant Imperfection provides a well-researched, thoroughly thought-out project that grapples with multiple relevant discourses surrounding disability and PwDs. In highlighting historical, personal, and anecdotal evidence, Clare's text is an articulate, poignant narrative - a mosaic of stories, histories and experiences - that invites much debate and analysis." -- Heather Lacey * Journal of Gender Studies * "This book will quickly become a classic, cited for Clare's careful analogies that examine cure through the notion of ecosystem restoration; his harsh critique of 'case files' and the work that scholars and artists do with them; and his deeply-nuanced exploration of the shame, grief, loss, and yearning in relation to bodymind difference. Brilliant Imperfection is beautifully written, with the insight and poetic clarity that readers have come to expect from Clare." -- Ryan Cartwright * Disability Studies Quarterly * "Brilliant Imperfection is powerfully intersectional in its approach to body-mind difference: disability, as an identity, process, and means of interacting with the world, cannot be disentangled from other facets of identity like race, sexuality, class, and gender." -- Travis Lau * Wordgathering * "Brilliant Imperfection is an honest, moving, and deeply thoughtful engagement with some of the most difficult and significant questions in disability, queer, and cultural studies. . . . Brilliant Imperfection is sure to become required reading for scholars of disability and queer studies, revealing the multiple, often contradictory meanings and consequences of cure and the importance of work for social justice." -- Laurel Daen * H-Disability, H-Net Reviews * "Brilliant Imperfection is a clarion call, for changing the medicalized disability narrative, that of 'defective brokenness,' that often prevails in U.S. healthcare.... [It] provides empowering answers and guidance-contributing significantly to the evolving discourse on gender, queer, and disability studies." -- John R. Killacky * Gay & Lesbian Review * "Vermont has many national treasures living quietly among us, and one of them is Addison County resident Eli Clare. His latest book, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, is revelatory, a clarion call for changing the medicalized disability narrative of defective brokenness." -- John Killacky * Vermont Public Radio * "Brilliant Imperfection is a dazzling work of intellectually rigorous and wildly original thinking that challenges our most deeply held beliefs about the nature of cure, exposing its place in the ideologies of domination. Exquisitely poetic, intensely personal, and highly provocative, the 'messy story' Eli Clare draws us into ranges across a broad and contradictory terrain, revealing all the ways in which how we value mind-body difference is at the very heart of justice." -- Aurora Levins Morales, author of * Kindling: Writings on the Body * "Eli Clare's Brilliant Imperfection effortlessly twines history and memory, embodiment and document to bring the reader into a complex and deeply rooted dance with and among bodies, dis/ability, environment, power, medicine, love, and fear. This is theory and politics carefully contextualized, intimately experienced, brought forth with great heart, thoughtful scholarship, and fierce intellect." -- Hanne Blank, author of * Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality *

Acknowledgments Introduction: Writing a Mosaic A Note on Reading This Book: Thinking about Trigger Warnings Brilliant Imperfection: White Pines 1. Ideology of Cure Brilliant Imperfection: Twitches and Tremors 2. Violence of Cure Brilliant Imperfection: Is a Weapon 3. In Tandem with Cure Brlliant Imperfection: Stone 4. Nuances of Cure Brilliant Imperfection: Shells 5. Structure of Cure Brilliant Imperfection: Hermit Crabs 6. How Cure Works Brilliant Imperfection: Rolling 7. At the Center of Cure Brilliant Imperfection: Myrtle 8. Moving Through Cure Brilliant Imperfection: Drag Queen 9. Impacts fo Cure Brilliant Imperfection: Survival Notes 10. Promise of Cure Brilliant Imperfection: Cycling Notes Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780822362876
ISBN-10: 0822362872
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 3rd February 2017
Publisher: Duke University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32