Novel Bodies : Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Title

Novel Bodies : Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Authors

Jason S. Farr

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Publication Date

2019

Description

Novel Bodies examines how disability shapes the British literary history of sexuality. Jason Farr shows that various eighteenth-century novelists represent disability and sexuality in flexible ways to reconfigure the political and social landscapes of eighteenth-century Britain. In imagining the lived experience of disability as analogous to—and as informed by—queer genders and sexualities, the authors featured in Novel Bodies expose emerging ideas of able-bodiedness and heterosexuality as interconnected systems that sustain dominant models of courtship, reproduction, and degeneracy. Further, Farr argues that they use intersections of disability and queerness to stage an array of contemporaneous debates covering topics as wide-ranging as education, feminism, domesticity, medicine, and plantation life. In his close attention to the fiction of Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, Sarah Scott, Maria Edgeworth, and Frances Burney, Farr demonstrates that disabled and queer characters inhabit strict social orders in unconventional ways, and thus opened up new avenues of expression for readers from the eighteenth century forward.

Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.

Keywords

Philosophy, Critical, and Social Theory, Gender Studies, 18th Century Studies, Women's Studies, Disability Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Literary Studies

Rights

Copyright © 2019 by Jason S. Farr All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher. The only exception to this prohibition is “fair use” as defined by U.S. copyright law. Please contact Hildreth-Mirza Hall, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837-2005.

Type

text; 206 pages

Language

eng

ISBN

9781684481118; eISBN; PDF

Novel Bodies : Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

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