Resisting Erasure

Reading (Dis)Ability and Race in Speculative Media

Authored by: Sami Schalk

The Routledge Companion to Disability and Media

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138884588
eBook ISBN: 9781315716008
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This chapter provides an overview of the treatment of (dis)ability and race in speculative media. It argues that race and (dis)ability in this genre are erased in two key ways: first, by the dearth of racialized and disabled characters in speculative media historically; and second, by the way representations of Otherness in speculative media are not read for their racial and (dis)ability connotations. The chapter discusses a number of examples of speculative media to demonstrate how important it is to consider the non-realist context of speculative media when interpreting these representations in regard to (dis)ability and race.

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