The Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability brings together some of the most influential and important contemporary perspectives in this growing field. The book traces the history of the field and locates literary disability studies in the wider context of activism and theory. It introduces debates about definitions of disability and explores intersectional approaches in which disability is understood in relation to gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality and ethnicity. Divided broadly into sections according to literary genre, this is an important resource for those interested in exploring and deepening their knowledge of the field of literature and disability studies.

part Part I|88 pages

New directions in the field

chapter 1|12 pages

Disability in Indigenous literature

BySiobhan Senier

chapter 2|10 pages

Disability in black speculative fiction

BySami Schalk

chapter 3|12 pages


Toward a crip ethics of trans literary criticism
ByCameron Awkward-Rich

chapter 4|14 pages

Challenging phonocentrism

Writing signs and bilingual Deaf literatures
ByKristen Harmon

chapter 5|13 pages

“Here there be monsters”

Mapping novel representations of the relationship between disability and monstrosity in recent graphic narratives and comic books
ByChris Foss

chapter 6|12 pages

Spectrality, strangeness, and stigmaphilia

Gothic and critical disability studies
BySara Wasson

chapter 7|13 pages

Contemporary horror and disability

Adaptations and active readers
ByPetra Kuppers

part Part II|83 pages

Novels and short stories

chapter 8|12 pages

From “changelings” to “libtards”

Intellectual disability in the eighteenth century and beyond
ByD. Christopher Gabbard

chapter 9|11 pages

Crip gothic

Affiliations of disability and queerness in Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764)
ByJason S. Farr

chapter 10|12 pages

“Of wonderful use to everyone”

Disability and the marriage plot in the nineteenth-century novel
ByClare Walker Gore

chapter 11|10 pages

Afro-modernism and black disability studies

ByJess Waggoner

chapter 12|14 pages

“What’s the matter with him?”

Intellectual disability, Jewishness, and stereotype in Bernard Malamud’s “Idiots First”
ByHoward Sklar

chapter 13|11 pages

Metaphorical medicine

Disability in Anglophone Indian fiction
ByStephanie Yorke

chapter 14|11 pages

Disability and contemporary literature

Antinormative narratives of embodiment
ByDavid T. Mitchell

part Part III|72 pages


chapter 15|12 pages

Poet and beggar

Edmund White’s Blindness
ByVanessa Warne

chapter 16|10 pages

Deafness and modernism

ByRebecca Sanchez

chapter 17|9 pages

The “fury of loving joyfully”

Amelia Rosselli’s War Variations
ByElizabeth Leake

chapter 18|12 pages

Getting there

Pain poetics and Canadian literature
ByShane Neilson

chapter 19|17 pages

Disability in contemporary poetry

ByJohanna Emeney

chapter 20|10 pages

Disability poetry

Testing the waters of definition
ByMichael Northen

part Part IV|63 pages


chapter 21|12 pages

Canadian disability dramaturgies

ByKirsty Johnston

chapter 22|11 pages

Disability and the American stage musical

BySamuel Yates

chapter 23|14 pages

Of scapeghosts and men

Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes and the politics of learning disability
ByAnna Harpin

chapter 25|11 pages

Puppets, players and the poetics of vulnerability

Hijinx’s Meet Fred and new directions in the theatres of learning disability
ByMatt Hargrave

part Part V|63 pages

Life writing

chapter 26|10 pages

Sex, death, and the welfare check

Rhythms of disability and sexuality in David Wojnarowicz’s Close to the Knives
ByLeon J. Hilton

chapter 27|16 pages

Disability narrative, embodied aesthetics and cross-media arts

ByStella Bolaki

chapter 28|10 pages

A grammar of touch

Interdependencies of person, place, thing
ByShannon Walters

chapter 29|13 pages


Graphic memoirs and psychiatric disability
ByElizabeth J. Donaldson

chapter 30|12 pages

Challenging the neurotypical

Autism, contemporary literature, and digital textualities
ByHannah Tweed