Not forgetting happiness: The tripartite model of disability and its application in literary criticism

Bolt, David (2015) Not forgetting happiness: The tripartite model of disability and its application in literary criticism. Disability and Society, 30 (7). pp. 1103-1117. ISSN 1360-0508

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Abstract

This interdisciplinary article draws on the social sciences to posit a tripartite model from which literary research into disability can benefit. Ableism and disablism are defined by normative positivisms and non-normative negativisms respectively, but consideration is also given to non-normative positivisms. Informed by experiential knowledge, the model is illustrated with reference to a trilogy of literary representations of blindness: George Sava’s novel Happiness is blind (1987), Brian Friel’s play Molly Sweeney (1994), and Stephen Kuusisto’s memoir Eavesdropping (2006). The result is a complex reading that recognises problems but also non-normative renderings of happiness.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Disability & Society [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Disability & Society is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cdso20#.Vhu0U24ereQ
Keywords: Happiness, Literary representation, Non-normative positivisms, Blindness, Ableism, Disablism
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Susan Blagbrough
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2016 12:33
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 01:15
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/528

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