Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts


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Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures and Contexts is an interdisciplinary collection of primary texts and images on physical and cognitive disability in the long nineteenth century (c. 1780 to 1914).  Its primary goal is to immerse users in the cultures and concepts that shaped embodied experience in the nineteenth century.  Currently comprising about 40 items, the reader emphasizes the technologies, institutions, and representations in literature and popular culture that shaped ideas about disability which are still current today.  You can read more about the reader and how to use it here.  

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