Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

The journal focuses on cultural and especially literary representations of disability.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 2, 2012

A History of Intelligence and "Intellectual Disability": The Shaping of Psychology in Early Modern Europe
C. F. Goodey, A History of Intelligence and "Intellectual Disability": The Shaping of Psychology in Early Modern Europe . Farnham: Ashgate, 2011. isbn 978-1- 4094-2021-7 hbk 388 pp. £35.00The recent publication of C. F. Goodey's A History of Intelligence...
Comment from the Field: Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane: Second International Conference
It is the night before Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane 2010. I am in the third year of my undergraduate degree. Tomorrow, I am going to my first proper academic conference, with proper grown-up academics."What do people wear to conferences?," I ask...
Disability on Trial Complex Realities Staged for Courtroom Drama-The Case of Jodi Picoult
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult draws upon extreme, emotional human drama to craftsentimental, even melodramatic plotlines that almost always revolve around a courtroom trial. Often inspired by true stories, her topics explore complex ethical questions...
Disabled Sexuality, Incorporated: The Compulsions of Popular Romance
In light of the recent proliferation of disabled characters in popular romance novels, this article examines the implications for disabled sexuality of increased visibility within the popular romance genre. Focusing on a subset of novels with cognitively...
Genetics at the Scene of the Crime: DeCODING Tainted Blood
This article explores the conjunction of the detective genre and genomic discourse with specific reference to Arnaldur Indriðason's novel Tainted Blood (2000), a text that explores the recent history of Iceland and the endeavour, on the part of the biotech...
Introduction: Popular Genres and Disability Representation
"Popular narrative is not trivial," as Nickianne Moody writes, "it forms part of discursive practices that support inequality, influence medical and social decisions and determine interaction between non-able-bodied and non-disabled experience and identity"...
"Nothing Feels as Real": Teen Sick-Lit, Sadness, and the Condition of Adolescence
This article examines the emergence of "teen sick-lit" in the 1980s, a genre of adolescent fiction that fused illness and romance narrative to reinforce the interdependent norms of ablebodiedness, heteronormativity, emotional management, and maturity...
The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art
Ann Millet-Gallant, The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art . New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. isbn 978-0-2301-0406-8 hbk 192 pp. $79.00There is little if any systematic work on the intersection between art history and disability studies. Occasionally,...
The Mysteries of the In-Between: Re-Reading Disability in E. Nesbit's Late Victorian Gothic Fiction
Drawing on the example of late Victorian supernatural tales by E. Nesbit, this article reconsiders the function of disability in fin-de-siècle gothic narratives. It argues that late nineteenthcentury gothic, long viewed as the repository of so much of...
The Problem of Recognition: The Disabled Male Veteran and Masculinity as Spectacle in William Wyler's the Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) uses melodrama to explore the hardships faced by a disabled male veteran, inverting the gender dynamics of a genre that traditionally explored women's issues during and after World War II, underscoring protagonist Homer...
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