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Tobin Siebers is V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor of Literary and Cultural Criticism, Professor of Art and Design and the Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.

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"Tobin Siebers's Disability Aesthetics takes the project of theorizing disability's role in art across the ages to a new level. ... The book will be especially useful to art historians and critics but also to anyone interested in matters of aesthetics in any conceivable medium, period, or genre."
--Disability Studies Quarterly-- (05/16/2011)
"In the volume under review, Siebers challenges stubborn presuppostitions in aesthetics (and other fields) by offering a theory and a means of investigating how and why disablility has been represented in modern art, and in other forms and modes of human expression, including modern media. This book will assert significant scholarly influence and is an indespensable resource for numerous fields of investigation, including visual art, visual studies, cultural studies, literary studies, media studies and sociology."--
Choice, K L Cole, University of Sioux Falls
"Tobin Siebers's Disability Aesthetics takes the project of theorizing disability's role in art across the ages to a new level. ... The book will be especially useful to art historians and critics but also to anyone interested in matters of aesthetics in any conceivable medium, period, or genre."---Disability Studies Quarterly

"Rich with examples of the disabled body in both historical and modern art, Tobin Siebers's new book explores how disability problematizes commonly accepted ideas about aesthetics and beauty. For Siebers, disability is not a pejorative condition as much as it is a form of embodied difference. He is as comfortable discussing the Venus de Milo as he is discussing Andy Warhol. Disability Aesthetics is a prescient and much-needed contribution to visual & critical studies."
--Joseph Grigely, Professor of Visual & Critical Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

-- (12/14/2009)

"In the volume under review, Siebers challenges stubborn presuppostitions in aesthetics (and other fields) by offering a theory and a means of investigating how and why disablility has been represented in modern art, and in other forms and modes of human expression, including modern media. This book will assert significant scholarly influence and is an indespensable resource for numerous fields of investigation, including visual art, visual studies, cultural studies, literary studies, media studies and sociology."
--K L Cole, University of Sioux Falls-- (12/21/2010)
"Pulling and yanking at the long-held mainstream conventions regarding disability and impairment, the work is a carefully crafted and thoughtful intellectual exercise which is, at times, difficult but definitely necessary."
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TOPIA Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies
-- (01/25/2016)

"Disability Aesthetics ambitiously redefines both 'disability' and 'aesthetics, ' showing us that disability is central not only to modern art but also to the way we apprehend (and interact with) bodies and buildings. Along the way, Tobin Siebers revisits the beautiful and the sublime, 'degenerate' art and 'disqualified' bodies, culture wars and condemned neighborhoods, the art of Marc Quinn and the fiction of Junot Diaz--and much, much more. Disability Aesthetics is a stunning achievement, a must-read for anyone interested in how to understand the world we half create and half perceive."
--Michael Berube, Paterno Family Professor in Literature, Pennsylvania State University

-- (12/22/2009)

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