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Novel Bodies

Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Jason S. Farr (author)

ISBN: 9781684481071

Publication Date: May 2019

Format: Paperback

Examines the significant role that disability plays in shaping 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.
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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.
Pages 224
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2019
Publisher Bucknell University Press
Series Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850
Subject/s Literary studies: general   Philosophy of mind   Literary companions   Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900  
Jason S. Farr is an assistant professor of English at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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