Todd Carmody

ACLS New Faculty Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Biography

Fall 2010: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Slow Moves the Pageant: Enabling Fictions of Race and Nation in American Literature

Project Description

Slow Moves the Pageant: Enabling Fictions of Race and Nation in American Literature

Carmody is currently writing a book that examines how material histories of disability shaped the changing meaning of freedom in the years and decades following slavery. Slow Moves the Pageant argues that the emergence of “disability” as a coherent social category in the latter half of the nineteenth century established a new vocabulary for describing “race” with reference to norms of speed and ranges of motion. Working across boundaries of genre, period, and tradition, this project reorients our understanding of postbellum social geography by exploring how the relation between race and place is mediated by the social construction of accessibility.

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