By Ellen Samuels
mid-nineteenth-century usa, because it turned more and more tough to
distinguish among our bodies understood as black, white, or Indian; able-bodied
or disabled; and male or woman, excessive efforts emerged to outline these
identities as biologically particular and scientifically verifiable in a
literally marked physique. Combining literary research, criminal heritage, and visual
culture, Ellen Samuels strains the evolution of the “fantasy of
identification”—the robust trust that embodied social identities are fixed,
verifiable, and visual via sleek technological know-how. From birthmarks and
fingerprints to blood quantum and DNA, she examines how this fable has
circulated among cultural representations, legislation, technological know-how, and coverage to become
one of the main powerfully institutionalized ideologies of contemporary society.
Yet, as Samuels demonstrates, in each case, the fantasy
distorts its claimed medical foundation, substituting subjective language for
claimed goal truth. From
its early emergence in discourses approximately incapacity fakery and fugitive slaves
in the 19th century to its most modern manifestation within the query of
sex trying out on the 2012 Olympic video games, Fantasies of Identification explores
the roots of contemporary understandings of physically identity.
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Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race (Cultural Front) by Ellen Samuels