253 pages ; 19 cm
Introduction -- The child whose head was bathed in darkness -- Disability : a fairy tale -- In olden times, when wishing still helped : the fairy tale in France and Germany -- Someday my prince will come : Disney and the world without shadows -- The little dumb foundling : Hans Christian Andersen's ugly little ducklings -- "Something below humanity" : the beautiful and the beastly -- The desolate land -- Monsters and marvels -- The great unravelling -- Afterword.
Includes bibliographic references (pages 237-246).
"Challenges the ableism of fairy tales and offers new ways to celebrate the magic of all bodies. In fairy tales, happy endings are the norm - as long as you're beautiful and walk on two legs. After all, the ogre never gets the princess. And since fairy tales are the foundational myths of our culture, how can a girl with a disability ever think she'll have a happy ending? By examining the ways that fairy tales have shaped our expectations of disability, Disfigured will point the way toward a new world where disability is no longer a punishment or impediment but operates, instead, as a way of centering a protagonist and helping them to cement their own place in a story, and from there, the world. Through the book, Leduc ruminates on the connections we make between fairy tale archetypes - the beautiful princess, the glass slipper, the maiden with long hair lost in the tower - and tries to make sense of them through a twenty-first-century disablist lens. From examinations of disability in tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen through to modern interpretations ranging from Disney to Angela Carter, and the fight for disabled representation in today's media, Leduc connects the fight for disability justice to the growth of modern, magical stories, and argues for increased awareness and acceptance of that which is other - helping us to see and celebrate the magic inherent in different bodies."-- Provided by publisher.
Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty? If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after? Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and behaviour and linking the quest for disability rights to new kinds of stories that celebrate difference.
Issued also in electronic formats.
Online version: Leduc, Amanda. Disfigured. Toronto : Coach House Books, 2020 1770566058 9781770566057 (OCoLC)1107492764