Australian Literature and Disability Studies

The first publications here (1989, and 1991) concern representations of disability in Australian literature; they precede the thematic and theoretical area known as Disability Studies, which has blossomed textually and in the real world, in a climate of inclusivity. The term ‘deformity’ (as used in the 1991 PhD thesis) was used at the time in preference to ‘disability’: investigation into representations of fictional and factual characters (such as Alan Marshall) found characters to be very ‘able’. As ‘Disability Studies’ indicates, the currently preferred term is ‘disability.’

‘Sentimental Jonah’s Heart of Stone.’ Australian Literary Studies (ALS), Oct. 1989, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 216-228.

Deformity as Device in the Twentieth Century Australian Novel. 1991. University of Tasmania, PhD dissertation. Downloadable in 3 sections.
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.17193.42081
Contents pp. i-vi  
Introduction pp. 1-162  
Metaphors and Myths of Deformity  
Joseph ‘Jonah’ Jones (Louis Stone, Jonah. 1911 rpt. 1979).  
John Luke Hanna: ‘Jackie’ (Ruth Park, Swords and Crowns and Rings, 1977)  
Billy Kwan (C.J. Koch, The Year of Living Dangerously, 1985)  
Rhoda Courtney (Patrick White, The Vivisector, 1970)  
Richard (Müller) Miller (C.J. Koch, The Doubleman, 1985) pp.163-299  
Rowley ‘Jack’ Holberg (Thea Astley, The Acolyte, 1972)  
Hester ‘Hetty’ Harper (Elizabeth Jolley, The Well, 1986)  
Arthur ‘Art’ Blackberry James McQueen, Hook’s Mountain, 1982)  
Eugenics: A Literary Examination