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Woeful Afflictions Disability and Sentimentality in Victorian America

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From Tiny Tim to Helen Keller disabled people in the nineteenth century were portrayed in sentimental terms as afflicted beings whose sufferings afforded ablebodied people opportunities to practice empathy and compassion In all kinds of representations of disability from popular fiction to the reports of institutions established for the education and rehabilitation of disabled people the euation of disability and sentimentality served a variety of social functions from ensuring the continued existence of a sympathetic sensibility in a hard hearted market driven world to asser. How to Fly with Broken Wings sentimental terms as afflicted beings whose Swimming to the Moon sufferings afforded ablebodied people opportunities to practice empathy and compassion In all kinds of representations of disability from popular fiction to the reports of institutions established for the education and rehabilitation of disabled people the euation of disability and Stir It Up sentimentality The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems served a variety of Handbook of Psychophysiology social functions from ensuring the continued existence of a Frugal Innovation sympathetic American Presidents, Deportations, and Human Rights Violations sensibility in a hard hearted market driven world to asser.

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Ks on the cultural meanings of disability to argue that sentimentalism with its emphasis on creating emotional identifications between texts and readers both reinforces existing associations between disability and otherness and works to rewrite those associations in portraying disabled people in their emotional capacities as no different from the ablebodied This book will interest anyone concerned with disability studies and the social construction of the body with the history of education and of public institutional care in the United States and with autobiographical writing. How to Fly with Broken Wings sentimentalism with its emphasis on creating emotional identifications between texts and readers both reinforces existing associations between disability and otherness and works to rewrite those associations in portraying disabled people in their emotional capacities as no different from the ablebodied This book will interest anyone concerned with disability Swimming to the Moon studies and the Stir It Up social construction of the body with the history of education and of public institutional care in the United States and with autobiographical writing.


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  1. says:

    This book was not what I expected when I picked it up and I strongly suspect I was not the intended audience It is primarily about literature and I am an historian so I struggle a great deal with the early chapters and never uite got into the later ones as a resultThat said I think this book would be outstanding for people who are interested in way people with disabilities are presented in literature Klages analyses a variety of textual sources varying from Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop to Gibson's The Miracle Worker from Cumming's The Lamp Lighter to Annual Reports from the Perkins Institute for the Blind and various autobiographical works by blind women most notably Helen KellerI had difficulties with some of Klages' jargon likely because we come from different disciplines However I also had problems with repetition throughout the book How many times do we need to be reminded what is meant by poster in the sense of poster child? How many times does she need to repeat Howe's assertion that all blind people need a comfortable home complete with exclamation mark? Combined with the lack of concluding chapter I was left with the impression that I was reading a series of loosely connected journal articles rather than bookHowever I admit that Klages presented many interesting and informative ideas that I do plan to apply to my own work I especially appreciated her discussion of the language of Annual Reports from Institutions for the Blind in Nineteenth Century US because it helps situate the Annual Reports I'm reading in the broader literature at the time I would recommend chapters of this book to historians and likely the whole book to literary scholars but not as an intro book to issues around disability and representation


  2. says:

    This is an interesting book that attempts to explore how disability especially blindness was understood or imagined by the ordinary people in Victorian America and further both how reformers educators and famous authors ie Charles Dickens influenced and at times changed the prevailing notions and understandings of blindness and often were both attempting to changes meaning while at the same time caught up in assumptions of their time The author uses a very theoretical lens of semiotics which some may find as a bit of a deterrent particularly if they were expecting a straightforward historical account This semiotical reading of the disabled body does provide a literary framework for the author to use both fictional accounts as well as essays and papers by reformers ie Howe or popular press but does result in a scholarly tone that may not appeal to the casual reader