Performing Disability Histories


Image showing picture of bookOut of Sight: Experience of Disability, 1900-50
Steve Humphries and Pamela Gordon

“The book to accompany the four part Channel 4 series “Out of Sight”, being screened in March 1992. It focuses on the experience of disability for the (mainly) young in the period before the emergence of the Welfare State. In the first part of the 20th century more than half a million children, often from poor backgrounds, suffered some form of physical disability and grew up in an age not especially sympathetic to their condition nor understanding of their special needs. Through the moving personal accounts and photographs with which the book is illustrated, the courage and spirit of the disabled shine through as they struggled to overcome prejudice and discrimination as well as physical disability to secure a rightful and valued place in a society sometimes too willing to reject them.”




Image showing the cover of Unseen ChildhoodsUnseen Childhoods: Disabled Characters in 20th-century Books for Girls
Helen A. Aveling

“The nine essays in this collection break the 20th century into three periods – early, middle, and late. They cover the themes of stereotypes, role models, and inclusion and segregation, tracing their evolution across nearly a hundred years. Among the essays are “Modeling Illness in the Early 20th Century” by Helen A. Aveling; “A Choice of Virtues,” by Deborah Kent; and “My Sibling the Other,” by Rebecca R. Butler.”

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