Session Title

De/Coupling Monstrosity and Disability

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application (MEARCSTAPA)

Organizer Name

Asa Simon Mittman, Richard H. Godden

Organizer Affiliation

California State Univ.-Chico, Tulane Univ.

Presider Name

Richard H. Godden

Paper Title 1

"Blob Child" Revisited: Conflations of Monstrosity, Disability, and Race in King of Tars

Presenter 1 Name

Molly Lewis

Presenter 1 Affiliation

George Washington Univ.

Paper Title 2

Body of the Madman

Presenter 2 Name

Esra Genc Arvas

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Paper Title 3

Whose Kids Are You Calling Monsters? Capacious Concepts of Childhood Disability in Medieval Literature

Presenter 3 Name

Dani Alexis Ryskamp

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 4

Response

Presenter 4 Name

Tory V. Pearman

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Miami Univ. Hamilton

Start Date

14-5-2015 1:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1045

Description

It has been famously argued that in the Middle Ages there was no conception of the disabled as it would accord with modern notions of embodied difference. In looking for figures of the disabled and the deformed, scholars in medieval disability studies have often looked to monstrosity as an overlapping, if not entirely identical category. We are looking for papers that address the intersection of monstrosity and disability in provocative and searching ways. We especially encourage papers that do not simply collapse these two categories but rather look to interrogate the convergence and divergence of the monstrous and the impaired. What is the effect of reading monsters as disabled and the disabled as monstrous? How does the coupling of these two Othered figures obscure important features? How does reading them together illuminate the social and cultural processes by which difference is constructed? We invite papers from all disciplines and national traditions.

Asa S. Mittman

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May 14th, 1:30 PM

De/Coupling Monstrosity and Disability

Fetzer 1045

It has been famously argued that in the Middle Ages there was no conception of the disabled as it would accord with modern notions of embodied difference. In looking for figures of the disabled and the deformed, scholars in medieval disability studies have often looked to monstrosity as an overlapping, if not entirely identical category. We are looking for papers that address the intersection of monstrosity and disability in provocative and searching ways. We especially encourage papers that do not simply collapse these two categories but rather look to interrogate the convergence and divergence of the monstrous and the impaired. What is the effect of reading monsters as disabled and the disabled as monstrous? How does the coupling of these two Othered figures obscure important features? How does reading them together illuminate the social and cultural processes by which difference is constructed? We invite papers from all disciplines and national traditions.

Asa S. Mittman