A Body, Undone

A Body, Undone

Living on After Great Pain

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New York Univ Pr
In the early evening on October 1, 2003, Christina Crosby was three miles into a seventeen mile bicycle ride, intent on reaching her goal of 1,000 miles for the riding season. She was a respected senior professor of English who had celebrated her fiftieth birthday a month before. As she crested a hill, she caught a branch in the spokes of her bicycle, which instantly pitched her to the pavement. Her chin took the full force of the blow, and her head snapped back. In that instant, she was paralyzed.

In A Body, Undone, Crosby puts into words a broken body that seems beyond the reach of language and understanding. She writes about a body shot through with neurological pain, disoriented in time and space, incapacitated by paralysis and deadened sensation. To address this foreign body, she calls upon the readerly pleasures of narrative, critical feminist and queer thinking, and the concentrated language of lyric poetry. Working with these resources, she recalls her 1950s tomboy ways in small-town, rural Pennsylvania, and records growing into the 1970s through radical feminism and the affirmations of gay liberation.

Deeply unsentimental, Crosby communicates in unflinching prose the experience of "diving into the wreck" of her body to acknowledge grief, and loss, but also to recognize the beauty, fragility, and dependencies of all human bodies. A memoir that is a meditation on disability, metaphor, gender, sex, and love, A Body, Undone is a compelling account of living on, as Crosby rebuilds her body and fashions a life through writing, memory, and desire.

Baker & Taylor
The author recounts her bicycling accident that left her a quadriplegic, describing her experience of acknowledging her grief and loss while also recognizing the beauty and fragility of all human bodies.

Book News
Shortly after her 50th birthday in 2003, Crosby was in a bicycle accident that paralyzed her, and here shares her experience of living her new life. Among her perspectives are your puny vulnerable self, the event as it was told to me, falling into hell, caring at the cash nexus, time held me green and dying, Jefferson Clark Crosby, violence and the sacred, I am your physical lover, supply and demand, Anabaptist reformations, the horror, and living on. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2016]
ISBN: 1479833533 hardcover alkaline paper
9781479833535 hardcover alkaline paper
Branch Call Number: 362.43092 CRO
Characteristics: xi, 213 pages ; 22 cm


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PimaLib_JB Jun 11, 2018

One of the better disability memoirs out there, with a lot to say about bodies, queerness, and family ties. Crosby strikes a tone somewhere between visceral, matter-of-fact, and thoughtful, and cheerfully avoids any pressure to reify "inspirational" tropes.


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