Literary Disability Studies

Disability and Life Writing in Post-Independence Ireland

Authors: Grubgeld, Elizabeth

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  • Examines life writing and disability in the context of Irish culture
  • Analyzes a century of autobiographical writing about the social, psychological, economic, and physical dimensions of living with disabilities
  • Extends discussion of life writing and disability to contemporary contexts including the celebrity autobiography and blogging
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This book is the first to examine life writing and disability in the context of Irish culture. It will be valuable to readers interested in Disability Studies, Irish Studies, autobiography and life writing, working-class literature, popular culture, and new media. Ranging from Sean O’Casey’s 1939 childhood memoir to contemporary blogging practices, Disability and Life Writing in Post-Independence Ireland analyzes a century of autobiographical writing about the social, psychological, economic, and physical dimensions of living with disabilities. The book examines memoirs of sight loss with reference to class and labor conditions, the harrowing stories of residential institutions and the advent of the independent living movement, and the autobiographical fiction of such acknowledged literary figures as Christy Brown and playwright Stewart Parker. Extending the discussion to the contemporary moment, popular genres such as the sports and celebrity autobiography are explored, as well as such newer phenomena as blogging and self-referential performance art.

About the authors

Elizabeth Grubgeld is Professor of English at Oklahoma State University, USA. In addition to many essays on Irish literature and Disability Studies, she is author of two prize-winning monographs, George Moore and the Autogenous Self: The Autobiography and Fiction (1994) and Anglo-Irish Autobiography: Class, Gender, and the Forms of Narrative (2004).  

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Disability and Irish Life Writing: An Overview

    Pages 1-21

    Grubgeld, Elizabeth

  • Disability and Class: Blindness and Labor in Post-independence Ireland

    Pages 23-44

    Grubgeld, Elizabeth

  • Disability and Testimony: Survival and Activism

    Pages 45-72

    Grubgeld, Elizabeth

  • Literary Disability: Autobiography and Novel at Mid-Century

    Pages 73-110

    Grubgeld, Elizabeth

  • Disability and Constrained Genres: The Sports and Celebrity Narrative and the Limits of Oral History

    Pages 111-137

    Grubgeld, Elizabeth

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disability and Life Writing in Post-Independence Ireland
Authors
Series Title
Literary Disability Studies
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-37246-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-37246-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-37245-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 170
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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