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On Sat, 2 May 1998, William A Goodman wrote:
 
> I'm researching the representations of disabled characters and the
> scarcity of such characters in film, and was wondering if anyone could
> direct me toward any helpful resources?  Thanks.
 
Ah, one of my favorite subjects. You might start with the following texts:
 
        A. Gartner and T. Joe (eds.). _Images of the Disabled, Disabling
Images_. NY: Praeger 1987.
        L. Klobas. _Disability Drama in Television and Film_. Jefferson, NC:
McFarland, 1988.
        J. Morris. _Pride Against Prejudice: Transforming Attitudes to
Disability_. Philadelphia: New Society, 1991.
        M. Norden. _The Cinema of Isolation: A History of Physical
Disability in the Movies_. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers U. Press, 1994.
        M. Russo. _The Female Grotesque: Risk, Excess and Modernity_. NY:
Routledge, 1995.
        J. Schuchman. _Hollywood Speaks: Deafness and the Film Entertainment
Industry_. Urbana: U. of Illinois Press, 1988.
        D. Skal and E. Savada. _Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod
Browning_. NY: Anchor, 1995.  [TB frequently included disabled characters
in his films]
 
Please check out my home page for more info related to the social
construction of disability (in the movies and elsewhere).  The URL's
below.
 
--Marty Norden
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