Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

American New England Studies

First Advisor

Libby Bischof

Keywords

Mental disability, New England

Abstract

This thesis employs the framework of Disabilities Theory, particularly the Social-Constructivist Model, to examine the literary figure of mental disability as a robust and reflexive trope in the construction of New England's regional identity at the turn of the twentieth century through the late-twentieth century.

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