• Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure

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  • Acknowledgments  xi
    Introduction: Writing a Mosaic  xv
    A Note on Reading This Book: Thinking about Trigger Warnings  xix
    Brilliant Imperfection: White Pines  1
    1. Ideology of Cure  7
    Brilliant Imperfection: Twitches and Tremors  19
    2. Violence of Cure  21
    Brilliant Imperfection: Maples  33
    3. In Tandem with Cure  37
    Brlliant Imperfection: Stone  49
    4. Nuances of Cure  51
    Brilliant Imperfection: Shells  65
    5. Structure of Cure  67
    Brilliant Imperfection: Hermit Crabs  81
    6. How Cure Works  83
    Brilliant Imperfection: Rolling  99
    7. At the Center of Cure  101
    Brilliant Imperfection: Myrtle  125
    8. Moving Through Cure  127
    Brilliant Imperfection: Drag Queen  147
    9. Impacts fo Cure  149
    Brilliant Imperfection: Survival Notes  169
    10. Promise of Cure  171
    Brilliant Imperfection: Cycling  189
    Notes  191
    Bibliography  201
    Index  209
  • "Vermont has many national treasures living quietly among us, and one of them is Addison County resident Eli Clare. His latest book, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, is revelatory, a clarion call for changing the medicalized disability narrative of defective brokenness."

    "The prose in Brilliant Imperfection is dazzling. The way Clare phrases his points is so beautiful that the book feels like a mix of nonfiction and poetry. It took me almost an entire month to read this, even though it’s not terribly long. I needed extra time to set the book aside, to sit with its points and absorb them. . . .  Brilliant Imperfection should be required reading for us all."

    "Brilliant Imperfection is a clarion call, for changing the medicalized disability narrative, that of 'defective brokenness,' that often prevails in U.S. healthcare.... [It] provides empowering answers and guidance-contributing significantly to the evolving discourse on gender, queer, and disability studies."

    "Brilliant Imperfection is an honest, moving, and deeply thoughtful engagement with some of the most difficult and significant questions in disability, queer, and cultural studies. . . .  Brilliant Imperfection is sure to become required reading for scholars of disability and queer studies, revealing the multiple, often contradictory meanings and consequences of cure and the importance of work for social justice."

    "Brilliant Imperfection is powerfully intersectional in its approach to body-mind difference: disability, as an identity, process, and means of interacting with the world, cannot be disentangled from other facets of identity like race, sexuality, class, and gender."

    "This book will quickly become a classic, cited for Clare's careful analogies that examine cure through the notion of ecosystem restoration; his harsh critique of 'case files' and the work that scholars and artists do with them; and his deeply-nuanced exploration of the shame, grief, loss, and yearning in relation to bodymind difference. Brilliant Imperfection is beautifully written, with the insight and poetic clarity that readers have come to expect from Clare."

    "Clare’s Brilliant Imperfection provides a well-researched, thoroughly thought-out project that grapples with multiple relevant discourses surrounding disability and PwDs. In highlighting historical, personal, and anecdotal evidence, Clare’s text is an articulate, poignant narrative – a mosaic of stories, histories and experiences – that invites much debate and analysis."

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  • "Vermont has many national treasures living quietly among us, and one of them is Addison County resident Eli Clare. His latest book, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, is revelatory, a clarion call for changing the medicalized disability narrative of defective brokenness."

    "The prose in Brilliant Imperfection is dazzling. The way Clare phrases his points is so beautiful that the book feels like a mix of nonfiction and poetry. It took me almost an entire month to read this, even though it’s not terribly long. I needed extra time to set the book aside, to sit with its points and absorb them. . . .  Brilliant Imperfection should be required reading for us all."

    "Brilliant Imperfection is a clarion call, for changing the medicalized disability narrative, that of 'defective brokenness,' that often prevails in U.S. healthcare.... [It] provides empowering answers and guidance-contributing significantly to the evolving discourse on gender, queer, and disability studies."

    "Brilliant Imperfection is an honest, moving, and deeply thoughtful engagement with some of the most difficult and significant questions in disability, queer, and cultural studies. . . .  Brilliant Imperfection is sure to become required reading for scholars of disability and queer studies, revealing the multiple, often contradictory meanings and consequences of cure and the importance of work for social justice."

    "Brilliant Imperfection is powerfully intersectional in its approach to body-mind difference: disability, as an identity, process, and means of interacting with the world, cannot be disentangled from other facets of identity like race, sexuality, class, and gender."

    "This book will quickly become a classic, cited for Clare's careful analogies that examine cure through the notion of ecosystem restoration; his harsh critique of 'case files' and the work that scholars and artists do with them; and his deeply-nuanced exploration of the shame, grief, loss, and yearning in relation to bodymind difference. Brilliant Imperfection is beautifully written, with the insight and poetic clarity that readers have come to expect from Clare."

    "Clare’s Brilliant Imperfection provides a well-researched, thoroughly thought-out project that grapples with multiple relevant discourses surrounding disability and PwDs. In highlighting historical, personal, and anecdotal evidence, Clare’s text is an articulate, poignant narrative – a mosaic of stories, histories and experiences – that invites much debate and analysis."

  • "Eli Clare's Brilliant Imperfection effortlessly twines history and memory, embodiment and document to bring the reader into a complex and deeply rooted dance with and among bodies, dis/ability, environment, power, medicine, love, and fear. This is theory and politics carefully contextualized, intimately experienced, brought forth with great heart, thoughtful scholarship, and fierce intellect." — Hanne Blank, author of, Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality

    "Brilliant Imperfection is a dazzling work of intellectually rigorous and wildly original thinking that challenges our most deeply held beliefs about the nature of cure, exposing its place in the ideologies of domination. Exquisitely poetic, intensely personal, and highly provocative, the 'messy story' Eli Clare draws us into ranges across a broad and contradictory terrain, revealing all the ways in which how we value mind-body difference is at the very heart of justice." — Aurora Levins Morales, author of, Kindling: Writings on the Body

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    In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. Clare grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds. The stories he tells range widely, stretching from disability stereotypes to weight loss surgery, gender transition to skin lightening creams. At each turn, Clare weaves race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender together, insisting on the nonnegotiable value of body-mind difference. Into this mix, he adds environmental politics, thinking about ecosystem loss and restoration as a way of delving more deeply into cure. Ultimately Brilliant Imperfection reveals cure to be an ideology grounded in the twin notions of normal and natural, slippery and powerful, necessary and damaging all at the same time.

    About The Author(s)

    Eli Clare is a poet, essayist, activist, and the author of Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, also published by Duke University Press, and The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion. He speaks regularly at conferences, community events, and colleges across the United States and Canada about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice, and his writing has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. Clare lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont and can be found online at www.eliclare.com.
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