Literary and filmic depictions of the disabled reinforce an ableist ideology that classifies bodies as rmal or abrmal-positive or negative. Disabled characters are often represented as aberrant or evil and are isolated or incarcerated. This book examines language in film and fiction that perpetuates the representation of the disabled as abrmal or problematic. The author looks at depictions of disability-both disparaging and amusing-and discusses disability theory as a framework for reconsidering rmal and abrmal bodies.
Nicole Markoti? teaches Creative Writing, Children's Literature, and Disability Studies at the University of Windsor (Ontario), Canada. She has worked as a freelance editor, was poetry editor for Red Deer Press for six years, edits the chapbook series Wrinkle Press, and is currently on the NeWest editorial board.