Woeful Afflictions: Disability and Sentimentality in Victorian America
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 equation 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 asserting the selfhood and equality of disabled adults.
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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 furthermore both how reformers ... Read full review
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