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Disability, Literature, Genre Representation and Affect in Contemporary Fiction

Cheyne, R (2019) Disability, Literature, Genre Representation and Affect in Contemporary Fiction. Representations: Health, Disability, Culture and Society . Liverpool University Press. ISBN 9781789620771

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Examining the intersection of disability and genre in popular works of horror, crime, science fiction, fantasy, and romance published since the late 1960s, Disability, Literature, Genre is a major contribution to both cultural disability studies and genre fiction studies. Drawing on recent work on affect and emotion, the book explores how disability makes us feel, and how those feelings shape interpersonal and fictional encounters. Written in a clear and accessible style, Disability, Literature, Genre offers a timely reflection on the rapidly growing body of scholarship on disability representation, as well as an innovative new theorisation of genre. By reconceptualising genre reading as an affective process, Ria Cheyne establishes genre fiction as a key site of investigation for disability studies. She argues that genre fiction’s unique combination of affectivity and reflexivity makes it ideally suited to the production of reflexive representations of disability: representations which encourage the reader to reflect upon what they understand about disability, and potentially to rethink it. Examining the affective—and effective—power of disability representations in a wide range of popular genre fiction, this book will be essential reading for academics in disability studies, literary studies, popular culture studies, and the medical humanities. Disability, Literature, Genre brings cultural disability studies and genre fiction studies into dialogue for the first time. Analysing representations of disability in contemporary science fiction, romance, fantasy, horror, and crime fiction, it offers new and transformative insights into both the workings of genre and the affective power of disability.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disabilities in literature
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV1551 People with disabilities
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2024 15:12
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2024 15:12
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23732
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