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Living On

Living On Books in Brief Leon J. Hilton A Body, Undone: Living On after Great Pain Christina Crosby New York: New York University Press, 2016. xi + 208 pp. Christina Crosby’s beautifully constructed memoir spirals outward from a 2003 bicycle accident that left her largely paralyzed below the neck at the age of fifty- one. Crosby’s account of the “violent and unceasing neurological storm” (18) set off by her spinal cord injury draws on insights from phenomenology and psycho- analysis, Victorian fiction and lyric poetry, and feminist and queer thinking about embodiment, pain, and the ethics of care. Composed of eighteen short, themati- cally organized chapters, the book intersperses vivid descriptions of the terrifying days and weeks that followed the accident (hospitalizations, surgeries, rehab, and physical therapy) with potent ree fl ctions on the arc of her life “before,” from her tomboyish childhood in rural Pennsylvania to her entry into political conscious- ness by way of lesbian feminism as a college student, her fulfilling academic career as a professor of English and feminist studies at Wesleyan, and the rich domestic and intimate life she was in the midst of building with her partner, Janet, at the moment of the accident. Yet http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

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Copyright © 2018 Duke University Press
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1064-2684
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1527-9375
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10.1215/10642684-6957954
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Books in Brief Leon J. Hilton A Body, Undone: Living On after Great Pain Christina Crosby New York: New York University Press, 2016. xi + 208 pp. Christina Crosby’s beautifully constructed memoir spirals outward from a 2003 bicycle accident that left her largely paralyzed below the neck at the age of fifty- one. Crosby’s account of the “violent and unceasing neurological storm” (18) set off by her spinal cord injury draws on insights from phenomenology and psycho- analysis, Victorian fiction and lyric poetry, and feminist and queer thinking about embodiment, pain, and the ethics of care. Composed of eighteen short, themati- cally organized chapters, the book intersperses vivid descriptions of the terrifying days and weeks that followed the accident (hospitalizations, surgeries, rehab, and physical therapy) with potent ree fl ctions on the arc of her life “before,” from her tomboyish childhood in rural Pennsylvania to her entry into political conscious- ness by way of lesbian feminism as a college student, her fulfilling academic career as a professor of English and feminist studies at Wesleyan, and the rich domestic and intimate life she was in the midst of building with her partner, Janet, at the moment of the accident. Yet

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GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2018

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