Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (Exploded Views) (Paperback)

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"My current hyperfixation is what I like to call “Not Your Average Fairy Tale,” which is basically anything that breaks down our learned perception of the stories we grew up with. A fantastic read for all, spoonie or not. Give me anything that challenges ableism and I'M IN!" – Melissa

— From Disability Pride


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.

"Leduc persuasively illustrates the power of stories to affect reality in this painstakingly researched and provocative study that invites us to consider our favorite folktales from another angle." --Sara Shreve, Library Journal

About the Author

Amanda Leduc's essays and stories have appeared in publications across Canada, the US, and the UK. She is the author of the novels The Miracles of Ordinary Men and the forthcoming The Centaur's Wife. She has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she works as the Communications Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada's first festival for diverse authors and stories.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781552453957
ISBN-10: 1552453952
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Exploded Views