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Davis, Lennard J. 1949-

Overview
Works: 31 works in 220 publications in 2 languages and 13,921 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Case studies  Fiction  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: HV1568, 362.4
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Most widely held works about Lennard J Davis
 
Most widely held works by Lennard J Davis
The disability studies reader by Lennard J Davis( Book )

46 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the field of disability studies, this book presents writings about disability with an emphasis on those writers working from a materialist and postmodernist perspective. It draws together experts in cultural studies, literary criticism, sociology, biology, the visual arts, pedagogy and post-colonial studies
Obsession : a history by Lennard J Davis( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: We live in an age of obsession. Not only are we hopelessly devoted to our work, strangely addicted to our favorite television shows, and desperately impassioned about our cars, we admire obsession in others: we demand that lovers be infatuated with one another in films, we respond to the passion of single-minded musicians, we cheer on driven athletes. To be obsessive is to be American; to be obsessive is to be modern. But obsession is not only a phenomenon of modern existence: it is a medical category-both a pathology and a goal. Behind this paradox lies a fascinating history, which Lennard Davis tells in Obsession. Beginning with the roots of the disease in demonic possession and its secular successors, Davis traces the evolution of obsessive behavior from a social and religious fact of life into a medical and psychiatric problem. From obsessive aspects of professional specialization to obsessive sex and nymphomania, no variety of obsession eludes Davis's graceful analysis. Obsession also considers the clinical definition of the condition: Davis investigates the huge increase (estimates suggest up to 600-fold) in diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder over the past thirty years. Surveying the many ways in which doctors today treat OCD, he points out the limitations of and contradictions within the biological definitions of the disease. Impassioned, witty, and learned, Obsession is for anyone-from compulsive hand washers to professional psychologists-who has been fascinated by, struggled with, or cultivated obsession
Factual fictions : the origins of the English novel by Lennard J Davis( Book )

28 editions published between 1983 and 1997 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enabling acts : the hidden story of how the Americans with Disabilities Act gave the largest US minority its rights by Lennard J Davis( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is the first major book to focus exclusively on the history and impact of the ADA which was the widest ranging piece of civil rights legislation in the history of the United States and has become the model for most civil rights laws around the world. Yet the history isn't a dry account of bills and speeches. Rather it tells the fascinating story of how a group of leftist Berkeley hippies managed to make an alliance with upper-crust, conservative Republicans to bring about a truly bi-partisan bill. It covers how major politicians fought in public while staffers hammered out the details amidst public demonstrations by disability activists providing momentum for all. The book provides behind the scenes accounts and never-before published intrigues that led to a successful outcome. In addition, the book will assess the impact and legacy of the ADA through the stories of individuals who have been affected by the legislation"--
Bending over backwards : disability, dismodernism, and other difficult positions by Lennard J Davis( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text re-examines issues concerning the relationship between disability and normality in the light of postmodern theory and political activism. It argues that disability can become the new prism through which postmodernity examines and defines itself
Resisting novels : ideology and fiction by Lennard J Davis( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By making friends with signs", Lennard Davis argues, "we are weakening the bond that anchors us to the social world, the world of action, and binding ourselves to the ideological." For the reader, this power of the novel needs to be resisted. But there is a double resistance at work: the novel is also a defensive structure positioning us against alienation and loneliness: the dehumanising symptoms of modern life. While discussions surrounding ideology in novels traditionally concentrate on thematics, in this study {́OCLCbr#80}? first published in 1987 - Davis approaches the subject through such structural features as location, character, dialogue and plot. Drawing on a wide range of novels from the seventeenth century to the present day, and on psychoanalysis as well as philosophy, Resisting Novels explores how fiction works subliminally to resist change and to detach the reader from the world of lived experience. This controversial critique will engage students and academics with a particular interest in literary theory
Left politics and the literary profession( Book )

8 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enforcing normalcy : disability, deafness, and the body by Lennard J Davis( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this highly original study of the cultural assumptions governing our conception of people with disabilities, Lennard J. Davis argues forcefully against "ableist" discourse and for a complete recasting of the category of disability itself. Enforcing Normalcysurveys the emergence of a cluster of concepts around the term "normal" as these matured in western Europe and the United States over the past 250 years. Linking such notions to the concurrent emergence of discourses about the nation, Davis shows how the modern nation-state constructed its identity on the backs not only of colonized subjects, but of its physically disabled minority. In a fascinating chapter on contemporary cultural theory, Davis explores the pitfalls of privileging the figure of sight in conceptualizing the nature of textuality. And in a treatment of nudes and fragmented bodies in Western art, he shows how the ideal of physical wholeness is both demanded and denied in the classical aesthetics of representation. Enforcing Normalcyredraws the boundaries of political and cultural discourse. By insisting that disability be added to the familiar triad of race, class and gender, the book challenges progressives to expand the limits of their thinking about human oppression
The sonnets : a novel by Lennard J Davis( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The End of Normal : Identity in a Biocultural Era by Lennard J Davis( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In an era when human lives are increasingly measured and weighed in relation to the medical and scientific, notions of what is "normal" have changed drastically. While it is no longer useful to think of a person's particular race, gender, sexual orientation, or choice as "normal," the concept continues to haunt us in other ways. In The End of Normal, Lennard J. Davis explores changing perceptions of body and mind in social, cultural, and political life as the 21st century unfolds. The book's provocative essays mine the worlds of advertising, film, literature, and the visual arts as they consider issues of disability, depression, physician-assisted suicide, medical diagnosis, transgender, and other identities. Using contemporary discussions of biopower and biopolitics, Davis focuses on social and cultural production--particularly on issues around the different body and mind. The End of Normal seeks an analysis that works comfortably in the intersection between science, medicine, technology, and culture, and will appeal to those interested in cultural studies, bodily practices, disability, science and medical studies, feminist materialism, psychiatry, and psychology"--
Shall I say a kiss? : the courtship letters of a deaf couple, 1936-1938 by Morris Joseph Davis( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like couples since the beginning of time, Morris Davis and Eva Weintrobe began in 1936 the tenuous process of pursuing a romance together. Historically, their courtship by correspondence offers a rare and remarkable record of the "lived lives" of two Deaf, Jewish, British individuals in a portentous era that included the Great Depression and the antecedents of World War II. However, except for the keen, contextual observations offered by their editor (and son) Lennard J. Davis, Morris and Eva referred to these matters only when they became impediments to their shared goal of marriage. That this couple was deaf only arises in passing remarks about social events sponsored by a Deaf club. That they had to overcome bias because they were deaf and Jewish became a more insidious difficulty, as shown in the letters they exchanged with United States Immigration officials who worked to prevent Eva's move to America. Because most of the letters presented in Shall I Say a Kiss? are Eva's, the heart of this book lies in the expression of her changing emotions as a young woman asked to leave her family and country for an ardent suitor whom she sometimes found too forward. The course of her feelings can be seen to change subtly by noting the formality of her courteous salutations contrasted by evermore affectionate closings - "With best love & shall I say a kiss." Throughout, Eva never loses sight of the realities of their time. She frequently mentions as fact, not complaint, her constant workload as a seamstress. Ultimately, Eva's vision wins out, as her final letters in 1938 disclose her preparations to join Morris in America
Disability and social theory : new developments and directions by Dan Goodley( Book )

15 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This comprehensive, interdisciplinary collection examines disability from a theoretical perspective. Each chapter challenges dominant biological, individualistic and psychological views of disability, drawing on one or two theories (and theorists) to advance a sustained analysis of disability, impairment and society. Throughout, social theories of disability intersect with other transformative ideas around sex/gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality and nation, engaging with ideas from poststructuralism, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, Marxism, feminisms and queer theory to recast disabled bodies-and-minds as psychosocial, cultural and political phenomena. The book includes contributions from established writers as well as new, emerging and exciting scholars in the field of critical disability studies, with authors writing from a host of disciplines including legal studies, psychology, sociology, development studies, dance, education, philosophy and women's studies. Through its detailed analysis of the conditions of disablism, the text also argues for the celebration of more affirmative views of impairment, disability and disabled identities."--Pub. desc
Resistirse a la novela, novelas para resistir : ideología y ficción by Lennard J Davis( )

2 editions published in 2002 in Spanish and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My sense of silence : memoirs of a childhood with deafness by Lennard J Davis( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lennard J. Davis grew up as the hearing child of deaf parents. In this candid, affecting, and often funny memoir, he recalls the joys and confusions of this special world, especially his complex and sometimes difficult relationships with his working-class Jewish immigrant parents." "Growing up in a crowded one-bedroom South Bronx tenement, Lennard felt himself "a hearing outsider" caught between two worlds. Davis recounts childhood loneliness and fear, adolescent frustration compounded by embarrassment at his parents' deafness, and intellectual aspirations that ran counter to their compliant stoicism. He vividly describes his father's devotion to race walking and to televised baseball games, a trip to England with his mother on the Queen Elizabeth, and his successful efforts to relocate his family to a better apartment. He also recounts his problematic relationship with his elder brother, whom he both idolized and feared, and his college years at Columbia University, where (to his parents' chagrin) he participated in the historic campus demonstrations of May 1968." "In a moving epilogue, Davis tells of his adult involvement with CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) and of coming to terms with a surprising realization. "Though I was hearing," he says, "deafness was in me.""--Jacket
Studies in the origins of the English novel : journalism, fiction, and the law by Lennard J Davis( Book )

5 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love. : the Science and Culture of Romance by Lennard J Davis( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lovepresents a biocultural synthesis of science and culture to arrive at a complex understanding of what we talk about when we talk about love. The aim of the Just the Facts ... and Moreseries is to improve biocultural literacy by putting in one place, in a highly readable format, and in a type of book that might be bought impulsively at a bookstore (or more likely used in general education science, social science, or composition classes) the basics for a discussion of a complex subject
Noise( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rule of normalcy : politics and disability in the USA (United States of Ability) by Lennard J Davis( )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bending over backwards : disability, dismodernism, and other difficult positions by Lennard J Davis( Recording )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This book] reexamines the relationship between disability and normality in the light of postmodern theory and political activism. Spanning the early modern world to postmodern culture. [In the book, the author] takes up discussions of homo-sexuality, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the legal system, the history of science and medicine, eugenics, and genetics. Throughout, he maintains that disability is the central category of postmodernity because it redefines the body in relation to the concepts of normalcy that underlie the very foundations of democracy and humanistic ideas about corporeality. [The book also] argues that disability can become the new prism through which postmodernity examines and defines itself, supplanting the categories of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.-Back cover
Resisting Novels (Routledge Revivals) : Ideology and Fiction by Lennard J Davis( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""By making friends with signs"", Lennard Davis argues, ""we are weakening the bond that anchors us to the social world, the world of action, and binding ourselves to the ideological."" For the reader, this power of the novel needs to be resisted. But there is a double resistance at work: the novel is also a defensive structure positioning us against alienation and loneliness: the dehumanising symptoms of modern life. While discussions surrounding ideology in novels traditionally concentrate on thematics, in this study - first published in 1987 - Davis approaches the subject through
 
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Obsession : a history
Alternative Names
Davis, Lennard.

Davis, Lennard Jack, 1949-

Languages
English (204)

Spanish (2)

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Obsession : a historyFactual fictions : the origins of the English novelBending over backwards : disability, dismodernism, and other difficult positionsLeft politics and the literary professionEnforcing normalcy : disability, deafness, and the bodyThe sonnets : a novelShall I say a kiss? : the courtship letters of a deaf couple, 1936-1938My sense of silence : memoirs of a childhood with deafness