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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lennard J. Davis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born:


-- Website -- http://www.lennarddavis.com/
-- Lennard J. Davis on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=lennard++j.++davis

E-Mail: -- lennard.davis@gmail.com


Illinois Connection

Davis is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He divides his time between Chicago and New York.

Biographical and Professional Information

Davis is head of the English Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is also Professor of Disability and Human Development. He is a frequent guest on NPR shows ''Morning Edition'', ''Leonard Lopate'', ''Fresh Air'' and ''This American Life''. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines including ''The New York Times'', ''McCall's'', ''Redbook'', ''The Nation'' and the ''Chronical of Higher Education''. Davis is also director of ''Project Biocultures'', a think tank devoted to issues at the intersection of culture, medicine, disability, and bio-technology.


Awards


-- Guggenheim for ''Obsession, A History''

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes), contact agent '''Elisabeth Weed''' Trident Media Group 41 Madison Avenue, Floor 36 New York, New York 10010 212-333-1532 E-Mail eweed@tridentmediagroup.com

Selected Titles At Your Library

Bending over backwards :
ISBN: 0814719503. OCLC Number: 49576943

New York University Press,. .

Enforcing normalcy :
ISBN: 1859840078. OCLC Number: 32779624

Verso,. .

Factual fictions :
ISBN: 0812216105. OCLC Number: 35325333

University of Pennsylvania Press,. .

Go ask your father :
ISBN: 9781311521286. OCLC Number: 842921994

Bantam Books,. .

Go ask your father :
ISBN: 0553805517. OCLC Number: 259265975

Bantam Books,. .

The author describes his search to find out the true identity of his father after being told that his uncle was his biological father through the process of artificial insemination.

My sense of silence :
ISBN: 9780252075773. OCLC Number: 213451316

University of Illinois Press ;. .

Obsession :
ISBN: 9780226137841. OCLC Number: 217263726

University of Chicago Press,. .

From the Publisher: We live in an age of obsession. Not only are we hopelessly devoted to our work, strangely addicted to our favorite television shows, and desperately impassioned about our cars, we admire obsession in others: we demand that lovers be infatuated with one another in films, we respond to the passion of single-minded musicians, we cheer on driven athletes. To be obsessive is to be American; to be obsessive is to be modern. But obsession is not only a phenomenon of modern existence: it is a medical category-both a pathology and a goal. Behind this paradox lies a fascinating history, which Lennard Davis tells in Obsession. Beginning with the roots of the disease in demonic possession and its secular successors, Davis traces the evolution of obsessive behavior from a social and religious fact of life into a medical and psychiatric problem. From obsessive aspects of professional specialization to obsessive sex and nymphomania, no variety of obsession eludes Davis's graceful analysis. Obsession also considers the clinical definition of the condition: Davis investigates the huge increase (estimates suggest up to 600-fold) in diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder over the past thirty years. Surveying the many ways in which doctors today treat OCD, he points out the limitations of and contradictions within the biological definitions of the disease. Impassioned, witty, and learned, Obsession is for anyone-from compulsive hand washers to professional psychologists-who has been fascinated by, struggled with, or cultivated obsession.

Obsession :
ISBN: 0226137821. OCLC Number: 371102590

University of Chicago Press,. .

From the Publisher: We live in an age of obsession. Not only are we hopelessly devoted to our work, strangely addicted to our favorite television shows, and desperately impassioned about our cars, we admire obsession in others: we demand that lovers be infatuated with one another in films, we respond to the passion of single-minded musicians, we cheer on driven athletes. To be obsessive is to be American; to be obsessive is to be modern. But obsession is not only a phenomenon of modern existence: it is a medical category-both a pathology and a goal. Behind this paradox lies a fascinating history, which Lennard Davis tells in Obsession. Beginning with the roots of the disease in demonic possession and its secular successors, Davis traces the evolution of obsessive behavior from a social and religious fact of life into a medical and psychiatric problem. From obsessive aspects of professional specialization to obsessive sex and nymphomania, no variety of obsession eludes Davis's graceful analysis. Obsession also considers the clinical definition of the condition: Davis investigates the huge increase (estimates suggest up to 600-fold) in diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder over the past thirty years. Surveying the many ways in which doctors today treat OCD, he points out the limitations of and contradictions within the biological definitions of the disease. Impassioned, witty, and learned, Obsession is for anyone-from compulsive hand washers to professional psychologists-who has been fascinated by, struggled with, or cultivated obsession.

The disability studies reader
ISBN: 9781138930223. OCLC Number: 948427196

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The fifth edition of The Disability Studies Reader addresses the post-identity theoretical landscape by emphasizing questions of interdependency and independence, the human--animal relationship, and issues around the construction or materiality of gender, the body, and sexuality. Selections explore the underlying biases of medical and scientific experiments and explode the binary of the sound and the diseased mind. The collection addresses physical disabilities, but as always investigates issues around pain, mental disability, and invisible disabilities as well. Featuring a new generation of scholars who are dealing with the most current issues, the fifth edition continues the Reader's tradition of remaining timely, urgent, and critical. --Publisher's website.

The disability studies reader /
ISBN: 041591471X. OCLC Number: 35192183

Routledge,. .