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This book by Eli Clare, explores the landscape of disability, class, queerness, and child abuse, telling stories that echo with the sounds of an Oregon logging and. Third Edition of. Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation. A finalist for a ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award. Exile and Pride Cover. Get this from a library! Exile & pride: disability, queerness & liberation. [Eli Clare].

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Clare is at his best digging into the muck of identity, politics, and memory, unearthing the contradictions we’d all rather ignore. His writing on language, the body, history, class, and the environment is engaging, hopeful and personal. It is awareness of such issues that will bring the cure snd ableism that Clare and millions of other disabled individuals and allies seek.

Also the author’s take on reclaiming various terms and slurs.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I felt inspired by his refusal to allow any one part of his identity overwhelm any other: The first part of his book, on exile, searches for a way to create rural queer community that isn’t based in the middle and upper classes.

Clare quite masterfully connects queerness sexuality, gender with disability. Sign-in or register now to continue. Our wheelchairs get stuck.

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Words in Motion and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Clare poses a theory that the abuse was, consciously or not, a tool to uphold the norms and binaries he described in previous chapters. View additional images and download publicity materials.


Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. Disability, Queerness, and Liberation. Firstly, the book’s academic writing aspirations.

This book summarises a lot of theories that are explored in much greater depth and detail elsewhere. Nor are there enough of them.

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation

Janice FormichellaJanuary 11th His newest work, Brilliant Imperfection: I liked this much more than I expected. To ask other readers questions about Exile and Prideplease sign up. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference. Just read it, goddammit. I connected to Clare’s emotional attachment to place and how he incorporated social ecology into a book about gender, class, disability.

Nonetheless I still found it important for queer theory, coalition building, disability studies, transgender studies, and environmentalism. Jan 11, Sunny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Eli Clare’s collection of essays and observations on gender and sex identity, disability and embodiment, the environment, the notion of home and most of all reflections on becoming prde were brutally honest.

I fell for the supercrip stories. Like Eli Clare is nothing if not eloquent and intelligent. Things in life will exjle Read this for class. The writing is so personal, wise, and draws me in deeply.


I appreciated the questions weaves throughout the prose, but I queernexs appreciated how Clare herself did not back down from answering them. I need to read more books on disability theory, fill in the gaps of experience and learn more about bodies and the construction of ability.

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare

The hard work of self- and other-reflection in an age of intersectionality, which requires some discomfort with oneself and one’s own loyalties. I felt his race analysis was problematic overall, though the chapter on the freakshow is excellent. I was also very appreciative of the reflection on the distinction between having pride and bearing witness, and the importance of both.

It was a great introduction to me to the issues around disability. Good one to teach. Academic and referential in ways that could have been more disabillity, but overall one of the best essay collections I’ve ever read. One of the most vital ideas contained within this book is the idea that nobody is a perfect all-righteous activist.

His essays weave together memoir, history, and political thinking to explore meanings and experiences of home: