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Literary Criticism Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

Disfigured

On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space

by (author) Amanda Leduc

narrator Amanda Barker

Publisher
Coach House Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2020
Category
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, General, People with Disabilities
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552453957
    Publish Date
    Feb 2020
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781770566439
    Publish Date
    Feb 2020
    List Price
    $29.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770566040
    Publish Date
    Feb 2020
    List Price
    $11.99

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Description

Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty?

If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after? Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and behaviour and linking the quest for disability rights to new kinds of stories that celebrate difference.

“Leduc persuasively illustrates the power of stories to affect reality in this painstakingly researched and provocative study that invites us to consider our favorite folktales from another angle.” —Sara Shreve, Library Journal

About the authors

Amanda Leduc’s essays and stories have appeared in publications across Canada, the US, and the UK. She is the author of the novels The Miracles of Ordinary Men and the forthcoming The Centaur’s Wife. She has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she works as the Communications Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.

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Amanda Barker is a proud Maritimer who is well known for her roles in TV and Film and was the 2019 Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Actress.

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Awards

  • Short-listed, Aurora Awards "Best Related Work"
  • Short-listed, Governor General’s Literary Award Nonfiction

Editorial Reviews

"Historically we have associated the disabled body image and disabled life with an unhappy ending” —Sue Carter, Toronto Star

"Leduc persuasively illustrates the power of stories to affect reality in this painstakingly researched and provocative study that invites us to consider our favorite folktales from another angle." —Sara Shreve, Library Journal

"She [Leduc] argues that template is how society continues to treat the disabled: rather than making the world accessible for everyone, the disabled are often asked to adapt to inaccessible environments." —Ryan Porter, Quill & Quire

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