In recent years, a number of efforts have been made to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic institutions, the workplace, and to examine and analyze representations of marginalized populations in a variety of literary and cultural contexts. These efforts usually acknowledge past mistakes, emphasizing the idea that history shall not and should not repeat itself. While analyzing the representations of disability is important in its own right, it's also important to understand why these perceptions exist. This thesis suggests that when the representations of disabilities from different mediums and from different time periods are examined in relationship, readers may gain a better understanding of society's perceptions not only of disability, but of people with disabilities. Among other issues, this thesis will note recurrent patterns in these treatments of disability, including whether there is any form of resistance to the predominant narrative about disability. Put in its simplest terms, the intent of this thesis is to consider the effect time and contemporary politics have had on people and on their beliefs about disabilities.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Echevarria, Rachelle, "Treatment of the Differently Abled: Representations of Disability from Victorian Periodicals to Contemporary Graphic Narratives" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1355.