The Fall 2020 issue of Disability Studies Quarterly is here!
Our readers will be most interested in Alice Equestri’s “Shakespeare and the Construction of Intellectual Disability: The Case of Touchstone.” Here’s the abstract:
In this article I analyse how Shakespeare uses early modern paradigms of intellectual disability to construct the identity of Touchstone, the fool of As You Like It. Although Touchstone is no real fool but simply performs like one, his actions and mocking reflections on the characters he faces expose how Shakespeare was very well acquainted with socio-legal and even medical definitions of natural folly in his time. A reading of the character as a natural fool according to specific paradigms of the period further reveals how Touchstone enacts an expanded ‘complex embodiment’ of disability.
For good measure re: the Long 18th, we’ll also point readers toward Amber Knight’s “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Disability, and the Injustice of Misrecognition.”
Find the full DSQ issue here: https://dsq-sds.org/issue/view/237