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Fictions of affliction [electronic resource] : physical disability in Victorian culture / Martha Stoddard Holmes.

Author:
Stoddard Holmes, Martha [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2004.
Description:
1 online resource (xiv, 228 pages) : illustrations.
Series:
Corporealities. [More in this series]
Summary note:
"We all know Tiny Tim, that familiar Victorian figure of infirmity, sentimentality, and charity: why do so many of the most memorable fiction characters in nineteenth-century British literature have disabilities? What did physical disability mean to people in Victorian Britain - and what can that meaning teach us about Victorian culture? In Fictions of Affliction, Martha Stoddard Holmes seeks to answer these questions by investigating works of drama and fiction and other writing of the period, including the personal testimony of Victorians with disabilities. Holmes finds that melodramatic representations of disability pervaded not only novels by Dickens, but also doctors' treatises on blindness, educators' arguments for "special" education, and even the writing of disabled people themselves."--Jacket.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-221) and index.
Source of description:
Print version record.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • History.
ISBN:
  • 9780472025961 ((electronic bk.))
  • 0472025961 ((electronic bk.))
  • ((acid-free paper))
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