Representation of Disability in Literature

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast MLA 50th Annual Convention
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Northeast MLA 50th Annual Convention: “Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples”

March 21-24, 2019

Washington, D.C.


Deadline for abstracts: Sunday, September 30, 2018

Area: Cultural Studies and Media Studies / Interdisciplinary Humanities

Session Format: Panel


What are the implications of literary and popular culture representations of disability? Disability is not only a fundamental human experience, but also a bodily condition, political issue, social identity, and marginalized community fighting for equality. By complicating and challenging assumptions about identity, normativity and marginality, disability challenges social fictions about the human experience and enables critical inquiry. What dimensions does analyzing a text through the critical lens of disability reveal?

Possible topics include but are not limited to: autobiographical subjects; narratological conceptions of disability; conceptions of disability in non-narrative genres or media; intersectionality – conceptions of disability, gender, sexuality, race, and class; disability as a magnet for hyperbolic meaning in text.

We encourage submissions from all language and literature departments, Disability Studies, Cultural Studies and neighboring disciplines

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