112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Freakish Bodies: Poe's "Hop-Frog" and the Spectacle of Difference and Disability

Amanda Kong, University of California, Davis

Critics have ignored the key element of disability in Edgar Allan Poe’s “Hop-Frog,” choosing instead to focus on representations of race and American economics. Reading the tale as a version of the American freak show, “Hop-Frog” operates as an interpellation of able-bodies even as it desires to overturn dominant ideology.