This panel invites papers that take a Disability Studies approach to literary and cultural analysis.
Disability Studies is a vibrant field of interdisciplinary academic inquiry that examines the ways that disability has been constructed in society, culture, and history. This session invites papers focused on texts from a wide variety of genres, media, cultures, and/or historical periods whose analyses are informed by disability theory and, by extension, experiences of disability. Papers may address physical and/or mental disabilities, as well as issues surrounding pain, illness, and invisible disabilities. We particularly welcome essays that engage with the conference theme, “Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian,” as well as those informed by the recent intersectional turn in Disability Studies, which, influenced by work in critical race studies, material feminism, and queer theory, has moved the field beyond forms of identity politics to intersectional identities and coalitional politics.