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Fictions of Affliction: Physical Disability in Victorian Culture

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Tiny Tim, Clym Yeobright, Long John Silver---what underlies nineteenth-century British literature's fixation with disability? Melodramatic representations of disability pervaded not only novels by Dickens, but also doctors' treatises on blindness, educators' arguments for "special" education, and even the writing of disabled people themselves. Drawing on extensive primary ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published January 26th 2004 by University of Michigan Press
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Jul 23, 2016 Victoria Phelps rated it it was amazing
Martha Stoddard Holmes’s study Fictions of Affliction (2004) is a must-have in upper-level literature or history courses studying disabilities in the Victorian Era. Holmes analyzes emotionally extreme depictions of common disabilities in Victorian fiction, examines gender divisions among these depictions, then follows melodramatic disabled types into memoir and nonfiction.
Holmes’s central argument in Fictions of Affliction asserts that “Victorian discourses of disability, and the texts that con
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