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Subject: CFP: Disability and Popular Fiction: Reading Representations 22/05/09 Liverpool John Moores University

Disability and Popular Fiction: Reading Representations

Friday 22nd May 2009

A free event funded by Liverpool John Moores University

Part of the Cultural Disability Studies Research Network

Theorising Disability in the Media Study Day Series

A space for focused critical analysis and debate around disability,

representation and the mass media

Following the success of ‘Disability and the Internet: Access, Mediation,

Representation’, the CDSRN study day series continues with a symposium on

Disability and Popular Fiction.

How do popular fictional texts represent disability?

What are the links between the conventions of popular genre forms and

disability representation?

Does popular fiction reinforce negative stereotypes about disability, or might it

offer a space for challenging misrepresentations?

Papers are sought which explore any aspect of the relationship between

disability and popular fiction.  Suitable topics might include, but are not limited


Representations of disability in individual texts or works by individual authors

Popular works which explicitly engage with disability (e.g. Jeffery Deaver’s

Lincoln Rhyme series, Mary Balogh’s romances)

Disability representation in genre fiction texts (e.g. romance, horror, science

fiction, crime, western, fantasy)

Reflections on existing critical work on disability in literature, and how it

applies (or misapplies) to popular works

Popular works by disabled authors

Titles, abstracts for papers (250 words) or expressions of interest with a brief

biography are invited for submission by 30 March 2009.  Papers from

postgraduate students are especially welcome. 

For further details please contact Dr. Ria Cheyne [log in to unmask]   

Future Study Days will include: Comedy • Television • Animation

If you wish to register an interest for a future event, suggest a topic or host

a study day of your own please email [log in to unmask]