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Title:Disabled Subjects: Disability Gender and Ethical Agency in Victorian Realism
Author(s):Fratz, Deborah Mae
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Lauren M.E.Goodlad
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Literature, English
Abstract:While many previous studies of Victorian disability have focused on non-literary works and melodramatic forms, the specific focus on realist fiction offers a fresh perspective on disability's ethical function. Realism's investment in interiority disrupts the often cliched association between physical disability and emotional excess, providing a de-sensationalized though no less ethically urgent depiction of disability. The foremost literary critical goal of this study is to describe the complex ways in which physical difference could stand for ethical authority, making the "disabled subject" the repository of exceptional character-building powers in Victorian fiction.
Issue Date:2008
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:181 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/81438
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3314769
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008


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