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Queer exceptionsSolo performance in neoliberal times$
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Stephen Greer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526113696

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526113696.001.0001

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The misfit: illness, disability and ‘improper’ subjects

The misfit: illness, disability and ‘improper’ subjects

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Queer exceptions

Stephen Greer

Manchester University Press

Drawing on ‘queer-crip’ theories which expose the normative conditions of social participation, this chapter examines a range of works concerning illness, impairment and disability to examine the relationship between bodily propriety and neoliberalism’s preference for self-sufficient, ‘immune’ citizens. First exploring notions of responsibility which surround the representation of illness and disability, discussion examines the tension between care and self-care, and the cultural narratives which link charity, responsibility and individual agency. By challenging narrow and prejudicial notions of atypical bodies and neurologies, solo performance suggests new ways of understanding the ethics of intersubjective exposure. Featured practitioners: Brian Lobel, Robert Softley, Katherine Araniello, Bobby Baker, the vacuum cleaner, Martin O’Brien.

Keywords:   Disability, Impairment, Chronic illness, Cancer, Misfitting, Queer-crip, Autoimmunity

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