Disability in Twentieth-Century German Culture Wins Awards

by University of Michigan Press on October 7, 2008

Disability in Twentieth Century German CultureCongratulations to Carol Poore, author of Disability in Twentieth-Century German Culture (2007), who was recently awarded two prizes: the German Studies Association’s prize for Best Book of 2007 and the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the Modern Language Association.

About the Book:

Disability in Twentieth-Century German Culture covers the entire scope of Germany’s most tragic and tumultuous century—from the Weimar Republic to the current administration—revealing how central the notion of disability is to modern German cultural history. By examining a wide range of literary and visual depictions of disability, Carol Poore explores the contradictions of a nation renowned for its social services programs yet notorious for its history of compulsory sterilization and eugenic dogma. This comprehensive volume focuses particular attention on the horrors of the Nazi era, when those with disabilities were considered “unworthy of life,” but also investigates other previously overlooked topics including the exile community’s response to disability, socialism and disability in East Germany, current bioethical  debates, and the rise and gains of Germany’s disability rights movement.

Read more at www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=223254.

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