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The WisCon Chronicles (Vol 7): Shattering Ableist Narratives

edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft

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In science fiction and fantasy, just as in the world we all inhabit, disability is often misunderstood, maligned, and disregarded, even by fans (as well as people in general) who are committed to social justice, anti-oppression, and equal representation for all in sf/f fandom. In the spirit of WisCon’s continuing mission to boldly go where no con has gone before in breaking down barriers, this volume of the WisCon Chronicles seeks to smash ableist narratives that keep disabled people from full participation in the present we inhabit and the speculative futures we hope to create. Contributors include Andrea Hairston, Debbie Notkin, Nisi Shawl, Josh Lukin, and Nancy Jane Moore, among others.

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Shattering Ableist Narratives asks us to think in broad and intimate terms about access and disability, both the real and the imagined. By reframing access and accommodation as universal design, disability becomes less about a single person's experience and more about a collective need to address the public, including those who may have a non-apparent access need of some kind (e.g., a food allergy) or who may wish for ease and accessibility (e.g. large-print signs). In her essay on body acceptance, Steph Maruch asks: "Can we make room for multiple alternate viewpoints by promoting nonunitary and nonbinary thinking?" (194). The essays in this collection do just that.
Disability Studies Quarterly, , Vol 32, No 4 (2014)
(Read the whole review at http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/4284/3601)


*Publication of this book was partially supported by a grant from the Society for the Furtherance & Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction (SF3).

ISBN: 978-1-61976-042-4 (13 digit)
Publication Date: 2013
paperback 224 pages