Disability and Horror
Horror literature is full of monstrous and unusual bodies but has hitherto been largely neglected by the swiftly emerging field of disability studies. In this chapter, Alan Gregory argues that Gothic horror’s uncomfortable conflation of disability with monstrosity creates a binary opposition between two cultural extremes through the presentation of the disabled body as either an object of public spectacle or private seclusion. The Gothic thereby offers an unlikely, radical space in which representations of disabilities can be renegotiated. Gregory offers a survey of depictions of disability as a challenged and dependent symbol of evil, monstrosity, or Otherness across several horror texts, including Geek Love, House of Small Shadows, The Dark Tower, and Hannibal.
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