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Disability Tropes 101: The Outsider
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Disability Tropes 101: The Outsider

Scholar Isabel Brittain brings attention to the trope of “The Outsider” in her article on “An Examination into the Portrayal of Deaf Characters and Deaf Issues in Picture Books for Children” (Disability Studies Quarterly 2004, Vol 24, No 1). In this trope, “the character with an impairment is portrayed as a figure of alienation and … Continue reading

Anthology Kickstarter: We Shall Be Monsters (Or, as I call it: The Frankenthology)
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Anthology Kickstarter: We Shall Be Monsters (Or, as I call it: The Frankenthology)

Originally posted on Cait Gordon, Author:
So I’m pretty stoked. Last December I submitted a short story called The Hilltop Gathering to the We Shall Be Monsters anthology call-for-submissions. What really appealed to me about this project was how authors were invited to write stories that explored disability. As a disabled person, this simply delighted me.…

New Twitter Chat Group: #writersRX
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New Twitter Chat Group: #writersRX

by February Grace Editor’s note: I met February Grace through Twitter and she’s just lovely. This month she created a new Twitter chat group called #writersRX. They meet every Monday at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and it’s specifically for writers who manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. I attended it last week and it was great. You … Continue reading

Disability Tropes 101: Karmically Disabled
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Disability Tropes 101: Karmically Disabled

I recently finished watching Season 2 of Dirk Gently and have been reflecting on the huge number of problematic disability tropes in the show, particularly around the invented disability “Pararibulitis,” but for this post, I want to focus on one particular trope that frequently appears in representations of disability, what I call the Karmically Disabled Trope. In … Continue reading