Led by Heather Lacey (MRes Graduate, University of Hull), this session aims to showcase several literary portrayals of disability that – though largely unacknowledged – fulfil this remit, setting a precedent for future literary depictions of the disabled experience.
The characters being discussed have a variety of disabilities, including physical impairments, chronic pain, and mental illness. This session will uncover Heather’s own personal motivations for undertaking the research, and will draw upon personal experiences of both disability and literary study.
In presenting an aspect of her research, she hopes to reiterate the contemporary relevance of literary study by showcasing it alongside current sociological thinking, thus proving its potential to further both liberatory and emancipatory movements not only nationally, but globally.
The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. Our motto, Lampada Ferens, translates as ‘carrying the light of learning’, and over the years, we’ve shared that light with thousands of people from across the world. As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research. And we have no plans to stop helping to build a better world.