By David T. Mitchell
Narrative Prosthesis: incapacity and the Dependencies of Discourse develops a story thought of the pervasive use of incapacity as a tool of characterization in literature and movie. It argues that, whereas different marginalized identities have suffered cultural exclusion because of a dearth of pictures reflecting their event, the marginality of disabled humans has happened in the course of the perpetual movement of pictures of incapacity in print and visible media. The manuscript's six chapters supply comparative readings of key texts within the background of incapacity illustration, together with the tin soldier and lame Oedipus, Montaigne's "infinities of types" and Nietzsche's "higher men," the functionality historical past of Shakespeare's Richard III, Melville's Captain Ahab, the small city grotesques of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and Katherine Dunn's self-induced freaks in Geek Love.David T. Mitchell is affiliate Professor of Literature and Cultural reports, Northern Michigan college. Sharon L. Snyder is Assistant Professor of movie and Literature, Northern Michigan college.
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While critiquing the superfluous nature of male discourse upon female mystery, she asserts that "whether they were old or young, married or unmarried, red-nosed or humpbacked—anyhow, it was flattering, vaguely, to feel oneself the object of such attention, provided that it was not entirely bestowed by the crippled and the infirm" (28). Similar examples abound in the tradition, for minority commentators tend to situate disability as a social grouping from which they must escape to assert the positivity of their own culturally devalued identity.
The "special nature" of changelings, who often did not walk, talk, or run unless 26 • Narrative Prosthesis they were not being watched, suggests a literary effort to explain a mysterious physical phenomenon. The changeling tales sat on the cusp of a historical shift between medieval superstition and medical diagnoses of congenital disabilities. In a vein parallel to Eberly's arguments about disability as an explanatory mystery of literary interest, Davidson, Woodill, and Bred berg contend that the rampant representations of disability in nineteenth-century children's literature serve a similar function.
Realis- 22 • Narrative Prosthesis tic depictions, argues social realism, will offer familiarity with an experience that has been understood as thoroughly alien. Social realist scholarship seeks to decrease the kinds of alienation that pervade social views of disabled people. If the negative image results from associations of disability with personal failure, tragic loss, and excessive dependency, then social realists search for more accurate images that could effectively counterbalance this detrimental history.
Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (Corporealities: Discourses of Disability) by David T. Mitchell