114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Disabilities in American Literature

Presiding Officer: 
Lina Geriguis, Chapman University

This panel invites papers that examine identity politics in American Literature from the following theoretical perspectives: disability as a form of diversity, human variation, and/or otherness; the complex embodiment theory; intersectionality; ideology of able-bodiedness. Papers would engage with the following questions: What intersections can be located between theories of social justice and interpretive models of disability? How do the enforced systems of exclusion and oppression shape disability identity? How does disability correspond to race, class, sexuality, gender, and class as a marker of identity? How are disability studies related to minority studies? How does the inclusion of disability revise the theory of minority identity? What questions can be pursued between ecocriticism and disability studies?

Closed (not accepting submissions)
Topic Type: 
Special Session