So Long as They Grow Out of It: Comics, The Discourse of Developmental Normalcy, and Disability [Book Review]

Journal of Medical Humanities 29 (2):71-88 (2008)

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This essay draws on two emerging fields—the study of comics or graphic fiction, and disability studies—to demonstrate how graphic fictions articulate the embodied, ethical, and sociopolitical experiences of impairment and disability. Examining David B’s Epileptic and Paul Karasik and Judy Karasik’s The Ride Together, I argue that these graphic novels unsettle conventional notions of normalcy and disability. In so doing, they also challenge our assumed dimensions and possibilities of the comics genre and medium, demonstrating the great potential comics hold for disability studies
Keywords Disability  Impairment  Graphic fiction  Comics  Norm  Normalcy  Abnormal  Ethics  Development  Moral model  Medical model  Social model  Epilepsy  Autism  Pathology  Anomaly  Universalism  Alterity  Canguilhem  Levinas
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DOI 10.1007/s10912-008-9057-1
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