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Annotated Bibliography
December 5, 2016, 11:22 am
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Adams, Rachel. Enabling Differences: New Work in Disability Studies., Volume XXXVII, Issue 2: Disability, Art, and Culture (Part One), Spring 1998.

This source talks about how disability rights activist have lobbied for more positive images of the disabled. It also looks into the public conservation going on as well as the current social and legal issues regarding disability. I can tie this into my paper through the argument I will make for Me Before You and possibly pull in the article that discusses how that book made her feel that it was okay for her to want to end her life since she’s stuck in a wheelchair.


Garland Thomson, Rosemarie. Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996. Print.

The excerpt of the text that I’ve read so far makes a valuable statement about the future of disability studies as it argues that literary and cultural critics have neglected studying how disabled people are being shown in texts. I feel that this will also be a relevant text to my one of my primary sources, Me Before You. In her work, Garland Thomson toys with this term normate which is everything William Traynor (one of the main characters) is probably not. Once I get more in depth with this, I can determine if this is applicable to the other novel as well.


Hacking, Ian. “Autism Fiction: A Mirror of an Internet Decade?” University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 79 no. 2, 2010. Project MUSE.

This source speaks about how our understanding of autism has changed over time, and I think it will be interesting to tie this into my research because I can discuss when and how it became okay for authors to show these characters the way they do. It also looks into both nonfiction and fiction, and I hope to draw some genre elements from this moving forward.


Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Toronto: Anchor Canada, 2004. Print.

This will serve as one of my  primary sources because it reads as a story about a boy, Christopher, who is diagnosed with autism and is on the spectrum. To many, this novel was a misrepresentation of those who have Asperger’s so it is ideal to use this text. It arises a sensitive discussion that I would like to have in my paper through leapfrogging and piggybacking off of my other sources.


Moyes, Jojo. Me Before You. London: Penguin, 2012. Print.
This is another primary source that will serve as a foundation to my paper. This is a book about a man who becomes paralyzed and chooses to end his life through the use of assisted suicide. The representation in this novel is extremely inappropriate as it leads many to think that it is acceptable to end your life because you’re physically disabled. Through the use piggybacking off of my other secondary sources, I will decipher the inappropriateness of this novel that is being overlooked at an initial glance.


Silberman, Steve. Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity., 2015. Print.

This text studies the history of autism from the clinicians that discovered it to those who have tried to mislead society about those on the spectrum.  I believe this is a great text for me to use as it briefly mentions how Mark Haddon’s child detective is a misrepresentation for many. It also draws light to how must map “a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives.” I may be able to put this in conversation with another source to emphasize that despite what kind of disability one has, everyone should be given an equal chance.


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I for the life of me cannot figure out how to rotate my ballroom image. Basically I am in the middle of the ballroom losing my mind because of how disability is represented in fiction. By my sides I have both of my primary sources, Me Before You and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Then I have two secondary sources that I can weave into each of my primary sources. Garland Thomson and Adam’s work do not directly address Me Before You, but they discuss the point I’m trying to make in relation to it. I will be leapfrogging a lot throughout my research paper because these texts kind of discuss some similar issues and are relevant to one another. Silberman and Harding’s work discusses autism specifically, but also briefly mention my primary sources. I hope to be able to able to draw into that by doing a close-reading and taking a stance on what’s being said. As of right now, I am torn because I feel as if my research project is headed in a different direction then I intended. However, the motivating moves that I’m drawing upon from Gaipa still remain the same. I believe doing my research on this will help unveil:

  • the truth isn’t what one would expect it to be, or what it might appear to be on a first reading
  • the knowledge on the topic has heretofore been limited

Zainab you have a lot of interesting sources that I can see will help guide you through your essay. You mention how Garland’s work will be interesting to use with Me Before You, which I agree with but I think it may also be relevant to use it for the Curious Incident, because one of the reviews we read in class for this reading dealt with Haddon and his lack of obtaining more knowledge on Autism. Given that he didn’t do much research, many felt that they were wrongly portrayed in his work. You could tie this in and use some of those reviews to back up your claim about writers negative and positive influence of writing about people with disabilities. To complicate things even more I would maybe draw parallels to the credibility of a book written by a person that is not Autistic versus a book written by someone who knows what it is like to live with Autism, one example being Mukhopadhyay. I wouldn’t go in depth because you do have two primary sources you want to analyze but it might be helpful to contrast. This idea could also tie into the work of Silberman because he seems to be talking about misrepresentations as well. I definitely think the second motive you mention is important because there isn’t a lot on the challengers that are found in Me Before You. I can see you have some sources for it but I know you have struggled with that. I would try finding out some background information about maybe if people with disabilities thought about assisted suicide after watching this movie or reading the book. This could help you look into the more personal impact depictions such as those presented in Me Before You have on people with disabilities. How does exposure to these types of media affect the way people with disabilities see themselves and their lives? Maybe having exposure to more personal reactions will help you figure out where you stand. I hope this helps!

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