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Literary Disability Studies

Reviewing Blindness in French Fiction, 1789–2013

Authors: Thompson, Hannah

  • Reasons that blindness is a creative and artistic forceArgues that non-visual description is more evocative than sight-based description and that blind narrators, characters and readers engage with texts in exciting waysLooks at how French literature celebrates blindness for its own sake and undermines the myths of stereotypes of blindness which prevail in Western society

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About this book

This book argues that the most interesting depictions of blindness in French fiction are those which call into question and ultimately undermine the prevailing myths and stereotypes of blindness which dominate Western thought. Rather than seeing blindness as an affliction, a tragedy or even a fate worse than death, the authors examined in this study celebrate blindness for its own sake. For them it is a powerful artistic and creative force which offers new and surprising ways of describing, and relating to, reality. Canonical and lesser-known novels from a range of genres, including the roman noir, science fiction, auto-fiction and realism are analyzed in detail to show how the presence of blind characters invites the reader to abandon his or her traditional reliance on the sense of sight and engage with the world in sensual, and hitherto unexpected, ways. This book challenges everything we thought we knew about blindness and invites us to revel in the pleasures and perils of reading blind.

 

About the authors

Hannah Thompson is Reader in French at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. She is the author of the popular Blind Spot Blog.

Reviews

“Through thoughtful juxtapositions in modern French fiction, Thompson posits text as both a material and critical encounter in order to celebrate blindness and topple stereotypes. Masterful analyses demonstrate the eloquence of “blind” narrative in cultivating the pleasure of the unexpected and shaping representation in Western traditions.” (Tammy Berberi, Associate Professor of French, University of Minnesota, Morris, USA)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Thompson, Hannah

    Pages 1-15

  • The French Metanarrative of Blindness

    Thompson, Hannah

    Pages 17-39

  • The Creative “Look” of the Blind “Seer”

    Thompson, Hannah

    Pages 41-56

  • Non-visual Language and Descriptive Blindness

    Thompson, Hannah

    Pages 57-87

  • Male Desire and the Paradox of Blind Sexuality

    Thompson, Hannah

    Pages 89-115

Buy this book

eBook £56.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-43511-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-43510-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reviewing Blindness in French Fiction, 1789–2013
Authors
Series Title
Literary Disability Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43511-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-43511-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43510-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 199
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