Session1105
TitleDisability in Literature
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserNinon Dubourg, Départment d'Histoire, Université de Liège
Adelheid Russenberger, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
 
Moderator/ChairWendy J. Turner, Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy, Augusta University, Georgia
 
Paper 1105-a Disabled Old Women against Romance: The Depictions of 'La Vieille', Frontier of Love in Le roman de la Rose
(Language: English)
Ninon Dubourg, Départment d'Histoire, Université de Liège
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Mentalities; Social History
Paper 1105-b Eastern Infirmity and Unholy Suffering: Genealogy and Faith as Disability / The Borders of Ability and Disability
(Language: English)
Jeffrey McCambridge, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio University
Index Terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies; Medicine; Mentalities
Paper 1105-c It's All Fun and Games: Laughing at Newly Impaired and Newly Normative Bodies in Medieval France
(Language: English)
Heather Curtis, School of History, University of St Andrews
Index Terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Mentalities
 
AbstractThese three papers examine the different ways in which imaginary accounts of Disability and impairment provided a means of expressing contemporary concerns, and how this literary use of Disability creates an insight into medieval cultural norms and thought. The papers' literary sources range from French comedy and romance to Christian descriptions of Islam, and provide an opportunity to explore how and when Disability intersected with other social categories of gender, race, and religion.