Blog posts by Disability and Animality

Disability in Game of Thrones: Fantastical diversity or narrative prosthesis?

(Written by: Jan Grue, Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo. Photo: HBO Nordic) Game of Thrones (2011 –) Created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin. Introduction The fantasy drama Game of ... Read more

Ebola Zombies and Terrorist Animals?: Welcome to World War Z

(Photo: Paramount Pictures, United International Pictures) World War Z is Directed by Marc Forster, starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, and Daniella Kertesz (2013).) Presented by: Michael Lundblad, English-Language Literature, University of Oslo Tone ... Read more

Disability and Animality

This blog takes a long look at literary and cultural texts – mainly films and TV shows – in order to examine the ways in which disabled people and nonhuman animals are represented in popular narratives.

Do these stories construct the lives of disabled people and nonhuman animals as less valuable than those of nondisabled humans – and if so, how?

Where do ideas about disability, illness, and animality crop up? What forms do these ideas take, and to what effect? ‘Representations of Disability, Illness, and Animality’ interrogates these questions, and many more.

All posts were originally published on ‘The BIODIAL Blog’, in association with ‘The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality: Cultural Representations and Societal Significance’ research project hosted by the University of Oslo’s Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) and funded by the Norwegian Research Council (FRIPRO/FRIHUMSAM).

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