Volume 3 (Siebers)

Tobin Siebers: Broken Beauty: Essays on art, aesthetic and disability

Translated from English by Andrea Stumpf and Gabriele Werbeck
Bielefeld: transcript
March 2009, 132 p.
17,80 Euro
ISBN: 978-3-8376-1132-8

Zerbrochene Schönheit

The more we enter the modern age, Tobin Siebers argues, the stronger the equation between art and disability – to the point where it is difficult to recognize art in itself without summoning the idea of disability. In fact, so strong is this association that we cannot help but begin to view past works of art in terms of the irrepressible image of disability given by the modern world. Siebers challenges his readers to embrace a conception of art in which disability represents an aesthetic value in itself.

Tobin Siebers is V.L. Parrington Collegiate Professor and Professor of English Language and Literature, Art and Design at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA