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“I Wouldn’t Want to Be Anyone Else”: Disabled Girlhood and Post-ADA Structures of Feeling

Abstract Spotlighting the figure of the exceptional disabled girl as she circulates in the contemporary mediascape, this dissertation traces how this figure shapes the contours of a post-Americans with Disabilities Act structure of feeling. I contend that the figure of the exceptional disabled girl operates as a reparative future girl. As a reparative figure, she is deployed as a sign of the triumph of U.S. benevolence, as well as a stand-in for the continuing fantasy and potential of the promise of the American dream, or the good life. Affectively managing the fraying of the good life through a shoring up of ablenationalism, the figure of the exceptional disabled girl rehabilitates the nation from a place of ignorance to understanding, from a place... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Todd, Anastasia (Author) / Switzer, Heather (Advisor) / Fonow, Mary Margaret (Advisor) / Himberg, Julia (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Gender studies / Women's studies / ablenationalism / affect / disability / girlhood
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 165 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Gender Studies 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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