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While early modern selfhood has been explored during the last two decades via a series of historical identity studies involving class, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality, until very recently there has been little engagement with disability and disabled selves in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. This omission is especially problematic insofar as representations of disabled bodies and minds serve as some of the signature features in English Renaissance texts. Recovering Disability in Early Modern England explores how recent conversations about difference in the period have either overlooked or misidentified disability representations. It also presents early modern disability studies as a new theoretical lens that can reanimate scholarly dialogue about human variation and early modern subjectivities even as it motivates more politically invested classroom pedagogies. The ten essays in this collection range across genre, scope, and time, including examinations of real-life court dwarfs and dwarf narrators in Edmund Spenser’s poetry; disability in Aphra Behn’s assessment of gender and femininity; disability humor, Renaissance jest books, and cultural ideas about difference; madness in revenge tragedies; Spenserian allegory and impairment; the materiality of literary blindness; feigned disability in Jonsonian drama; political appropriation of Richard III in the postcommunist Czech Republic; the Book of Common Prayeras textual accommodation for cognitive disability; and Thomas Hobbes’s and John Locke’s inherently ableist conceptions of freedom and political citizenship.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-3
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Ethical Staring: Disabling the English Renaissance
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. Dwarf Aesthetics in Spenser’s Faerie Queene and the Early Modern Court
  2. pp. 23-42
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  1. 2. Maternal Culpability in Fetal Defects: Aphra Behn’s Satiric Interrogations of Medical Models
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. 3. Disability Humor and the Meanings of Impairment in Early Modern England
  2. pp. 57-72
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  1. 4. Antic Dispositions: Mental and Intellectual Disabilities in Early Modern Revenge Tragedy
  2. pp. 73-87
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  1. 5. Disabling Allegories in Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene
  2. pp. 88-104
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  1. 6. Performing Blindness: Representing Disability in Early Modern Popular Performance and Print
  2. pp. 105-122
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  1. 7. “There is no suff’ring due”: Metatheatricality and Disability Drag in Volpone
  2. pp. 123-135
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  1. 8. Richard Recast: Renaissance Disability in a Postcommunist Culture
  2. pp. 136-149
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  1. 9. The Book of Common Prayer, Theory of Mind, and Autism in Early Modern England
  2. pp. 150-166
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  1. 10. Freedom and (Dis)Ability in Early Modern Political Thought
  2. pp. 167-186
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  1. Coda: Shakespearean Disability Pedagogy
  2. pp. 187-192
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 193-208
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 209-211
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 212-224
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