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Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature - Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850 (Hardback)
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Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature - Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850 (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 30/05/2019
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Novel Bodies examines the significant role that disability plays in shaping the British literary history of sexuality. Jason S. 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, 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 William Bond, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, Tobias Smollett, Sarah Scott, Maria Edgeworth, and Frances Burney, Farr demonstrates that disabled and queer characters inhabit strict social orders in unconventional ways, opening up new avenues of expression for generations of readers. In doing so, Farr concludes, these works make clear that variable bodies and desires are key for understanding the literary imagination of eighteenth-century Britain.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9781684481088
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In this extremely lucid, well-researched, and well argued book, Farr uncovers a vast representational landscape of queer disability in which the heteronormative narratives of eighteenth-century fiction are profoundly imbricated and to which they are indebted."
--Helen Deutsch "UCLA "
"Jason Farr's Novel Bodies is a rigorously argued and elegantly written account of how eighteenth-century fiction represented the interrelations of sexuality and disability. As Farr persuasively demonstrates,
within the pages of both canonical and noncanonical works, queer disability emerges as a narrative force that troubles our understanding of what it means to be 'normal' and 'able-bodied.' Novel Bodies is an important contribution to disability studies, queer studies, and, more generally, the history of the novel."
--Paul Kelleher "Emory University "

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