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Author Barker, Clare, 1980-

Title Postcolonial fiction and disability : exceptional children, metaphor and materiality / Clare Barker
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 242 pages)
Contents Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 'Decrepit, Deranged, Deformed': Indigeneity and Cultural Health in Potiki -- Hunger, Normalcy, and Postcolonial Disorder in Nervous Conditions and The Book of Not -- Cracking India and Partition: Dismembering the National Body -- The Nation as Freak Show: Monstrosity and Biopolitics in Midnight's Children -- 'Redreaming the World': Ontological Difference and Abiku Perception in The Famished Road -- Conclusion: Growing Up -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Postcolonial Fiction and Disability explores the politics and aesthetics of disability in postcolonial literature. The first book to make sustained connections between postcolonial writing and disability studies, it focuses on the figure of the exceptional child in well-known novels by Grace, Dangarembga, Sidhwa, Rushdie, and Okri. While the fictional lives of disabled child characters are frequently intertwined with postcolonial histories, providing potent metaphors for national 'damage' and vulnerability, Barker argues that postcolonial writers are equally concerned with the complexity of disability as lived experience. The study focuses on constructions of normalcy, the politics of medicine and healthcare, and questions of citizenship and belonging in order to demonstrate how progressive health and disability politics often emerge organically from writers' postcolonial concerns. In reframing disability as a mode of exceptionality, the book assesses the cultural and political insights that derive from portrayals of disability, showing how postcolonial writing can contribute conceptually towards building more inclusive futures for disabled people worldwide
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Children with disabilities in literature.
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Postcolonialism in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN 0230360009 (electronic bk.)
9780230360006 (electronic bk.)