Representation of Disability in Literature
Northeast MLA 50th Annual Convention: “Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples”
March 21-24, 2019
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
Please consider submitting your abstract of up to 300 words via the NeMLA portal:http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html
Link to this session:https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17469
Please contact the session organizers with any questions.