Movement, Difference, and Ability

  • Stanton B. GarnerJr.
Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)


This chapter (“Movement, Difference, Ability”) considers the issue of corporeal difference in phenomenological and cognitive accounts of movement and movement perception. Whose experience do we describe when we make generalizations about these phenomena, and what bodies authorize these accounts? Advocating a methodological practice that embraces divergence and a strategic use of experiential norms, it offers a phenomenological foundation for engaging what we know and fall short of knowing in the kinesthetic experiences of others. Central to this foundation is the dialectic relationships between Edmund Husserl’s concepts of I can and I cannot, which allows us to navigate the experiential terrains of ability and disability. The chapter concludes with an account of watching two integrated dance performances by Oakland’s AXIS Dance Company.


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  • Stanton B. GarnerJr.
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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