Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure

Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure Author Eli Clare
ISBN-10 0822362872
ISBN-13 9780822362876
Year 2017-02-03
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare uses memoir history and critical analysis to explore curethe 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

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