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Humans, Superheroes, Mutants, and People with Disabilities

Michael Bérubé,

Originally posted on October 21, 2010

Inequality Culture Disabilities

Michael Bérubé is the Paterno Family Professor in Literature and the Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State University, where he holds appointments in the Department of English and the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is the author of seven books to date: "Marginal Forces / Cultural Centers: Tolson, Pynchon, and the Politics of the Canon" (Cornell UP, 1992); "Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics" (Verso, 1994); "Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child" (Pantheon, 1996; paper, Vintage, 1998); "The Employment of English: Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies" (NYU Press, 1998); "What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and 'Bias' in Higher Education" (W. W. Norton, 2006); "Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities" (UNC Press, 2006) and "The Left at War" (NYU Press, 2009).
He is also the editor of "The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies" (Blackwell, 2004), and, with Cary Nelson, of "Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities" (Routledge, 1995). Bérubé has also written for a wide variety of academic journals such as American Quarterly, the Yale Journal of Criticism, and Modern Fiction Studies, as well as more popular venues such as Harper's, the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Nation.
"Life As We Know It" was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 1996 and was chosen as one of the best books of the year (on a list of seven) by National Public Radio.
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