Making Room for Disability: Mining Folklore and Fairytales

with Amanda Leduc and Emily Urquhart

How do the stories we know—and tell—(mis)represent the body?

In familiar formulas, the beautiful princess seems entitled to her Happy Ending. The ogre? Rightfully doomed to obscurity. Why should a character’s physical appearance—their abilities and disabilities—dictate their fate? How can readers and writers become more mindful of the language that continues to haunt the characters in our stories today? Join Amanda Leduc and Emily Urquhart to unpack the effects of ableism in fairy tales, folklore, and popular culture. Discover how a disabled lens can disrupt those familiar formulas, produce fuller stories, and allow every body their Happy Ending. 


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