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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30113

Title: Great Responsibility : Rethinking Disability Portrayal in Popular Fiction & Calling for a Multi-cultural Change
Authors: Minaki, Christina Georgia
Advisor: Titchkosky, Tanya
Department: Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Keywords: disability
fiction
multicultural
disability studies
disability portrayal
disability culture
normalcy
anti-ableism
anti-oppression
publishing
disability industry
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2011
Abstract: This thesis is an occasion to examine how normalcy – as a phenomenon constructed in society and so not natural but human-made – is reproduced as a hegemonic ideal through oppressive portrayals of disability in literature. Many of the fictional texts I analyze reproduce the privileging of normalcy. I therefore work to disturb normalcyʼs hold through critical analysis of a wide variety of currently popular fiction for youth and adults. Combining interpretive inquiry and personal narrative, I bring forward new understandings of normalcy, disability and culture. Along with showing how normalcyʼs supremacy is upheld within the book industry, and critiquing texts that do disability as usual (through both survey and close analysis approaches), I discuss at length several literary works that write disability in anti-oppressive, anti-ableist ways. To close this thesis, I discuss my own transformation as an author and scholar through disability studies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30113
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