lennard davis


Lennard Davis has written about biocultures, disability, and normality. His book Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness And The Body gives a political and social history to the idea of normality. Bending Over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism, And Other Difficult Positions is a collection of essays that covers the relation of disability to contemporary and historical culture and politics. Davis has also written on the history and theory of the novel. His work Factual Fictions: The Origins Of The English Novel presents a Foucauldean reading of the novel as a discourse emerging from the matrix of journalism, history, and the law. Resisting Novels: Fiction And Ideology continues that work by describing the formal and constitutive ways in which novels are inherently ideological structures defending and resisting bourgeois capitalism. His work includes My Sense Of Silence: Memoir Of A Childhood With Deafness and The Sonnets: A Novel. He is editor of The Disability Studies Reader (now in its 4th edition) and co-editor of Left Politics And The Literary Profession. His latest books are The End of Normal: Identity in a Biocultural Era (U of Michigan Press, 2014), Obsession: The Biography of a Disease (University of Chicago Press, 2008).  His Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights (Beacon Press, 2015) will be published on the 25th anniversary of the ADA.

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  • Factual Fictions: The Origins of the English Novel
  • Resisting Novels: Fiction and Ideology
  • Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body
  • Obsession: A History
  • The End of Normal: Identity in a Biocultural Era
  • The Disability Studies Reader
  • The Sonnets: A Novel
  • Bending Over Backwards: Essays on Disability and the Body
  • Shall I Say A Kiss?: Courtship Letters of a Deaf Couple, 1936-38
  • My Sense of Silence: Memoirs of a Childhood with Deafness
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Office: 2020 UH, MC 162
Phone: 312-413-8910 ext 3-8910
Fax: 312-413-1005
Email: lendavis@uic.edu