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Subject/Keyword
Canadian young adult fiction
intentional disability
Disability Studies
background-body
aesthetic nervousness
disability-intertext
disability as normality
intentional fallacy
disability
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Melnyk, Catherine L
Supervisor and department
Sywenky, Irene (Comparative Literature and Eastern European Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Johnston, Ingrid (Secondary Education)
Sayed, Asma (Comparative Literature)
Department
Comparative Literature
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-06-21T18:19:13Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study examines the disability-intertext in contemporary Canadian young adult fiction and seeks to analyze new patterns in the representation of disability. The disability-intertext is explored using Michel Foucault’s theory of the “background-body” and Ato Quayson’s theory of “aesthetic nervousness.” The representation of disability in six contemporary Canadian young adult texts is analyzed through the categories of disability as normality, temporality, social context, textual landscape, genre, self-image, abuse, humour, and author’s notes. The intentionality of situating issues of disability in the young adult genre represents an important development in Canadian literature, where disability narratives in young adult fiction are critically reread so as to bring out deeper meanings for the contemporary audience.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3P303
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License granted by Catherine Melnyk (cm3@ualberta.ca) on 2011-06-20T01:11:32Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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