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Woeful Afflictions: Disability and Sentimentality in Victorian America

Woeful Afflictions: Disability and Sentimentality in Victorian America

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Pages: 858
ISBN: 0525953612
Language: English

From Tiny Tim to Helen Keller, disabled people in the nineteenth century were portrayed in sentimental terms, as afflicted beings whose sufferings afforded ablebodied people opportunities to practice empathy and compassion. In all kinds of representations of disability, from popular fiction to the reports of institutions established for the education and rehabilitation of








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