Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Reevaluating the Supercrip

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (2016), 10, (1), 71–86.

Abstract

The article assesses the term supercrip and its use in disability studies scholarship. The traditional use of the term encompasses a wide variety of representations. Therefore it is argued that in order to understand and analyze these different manifestations with specificity and nuance, we must theorize supercrip as a collection of narrative types created by different mechanisms which vary by medium and genre. The conclusion is that by attending to narrative mechanisms, type, and context in this way, disability studies scholars will be better able to differentiate and understand the production, consumption, and appeal of supercrip narratives in popular and mainstream culture.

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