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510. Disabled Bodies and African American Literature, 1859–1946

Thursday, 5 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Hampton, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Keith Michael Green, Rutgers Univ., Camden

1. "Invalid Humanity in Harriet Wilson's Our Nig," Keith Michael Green

2. "'Ugly Progress': Postemancipation Disability and the Prosthetic Narrative of Racial Uplift," Stephen P. Knadler, Spelman Coll.

3. "Disabled Bodies as Dissenting Bodies in Ann Petry's The Street," Jennifer Sibara, Univ. of Southern California

Responding: Jennifer C. James, George Washington Univ.


  • American Literature – General

Author Comment
Subject: MLA Etiquitte
This excellent session was held in one of those rooms with two doors, one near the panel and one in the back of the room. For future reference, MLA members, when you arrive LATE to a session, DO NOT walk in front of the panel!! How rude!!!!

Also, while we all know that attending back to back sessions might leave you a little hungry, do NOT eat potato chips during a session--not even during the Q & A!! Loud crunching should NOT occur in that kind of space.

I hope the guilty parties will read these comments and will learn from them. It seems a shame to need to make comments such as these to adult professionals who ought to know better!!!