By David M. Turner
This is the 1st book-length examine of actual incapacity in eighteenth-century England. It assesses the ways that meanings of actual distinction have been shaped inside assorted cultural contexts, and examines how disabled women and men used, appropriated, or rejected those representations in making feel in their personal reviews. within the strategy, it asks a sequence of similar questions: what constituted ‘disability’ in eighteenth-century tradition and society? How used to be impairment perceived? How did individuals with disabilities see themselves and relate to others? What do their tales let us know concerning the social and cultural contexts of incapacity, and in what methods have been those narratives and stories formed by way of classification and gender? for you to solution those questions, the publication explores the languages of incapacity, the connection among spiritual and clinical discourses of incapacity, and analyzes depictions of individuals with disabilities in pop culture, paintings, and the media. It additionally uncovers the ‘hidden histories’ of disabled women and men themselves drawing on elite letters and autobiographies, bad legislation records and legal court docket records.
The booklet won the incapacity background organization extraordinary e-book Prize in 2012 for the simplest e-book released around the globe in incapacity heritage and in addition encouraged components of the Radio four sequence, ‘Disability: a brand new History’, on which the writer used to be old adviser. The sequence won 2.6 million listeners while it first aired in 2013.