Fictions of Affliction [book]

Martha Holmes
2004 unpublished
last moment by Christian charity. Tiny Tim has for over a century represented what it is we "know" about disability: the mysteries of its etiology, the ways in which it tugs at the heartstrings, how it separates the truly needy from the freeloaders. Who could be more deserving of a turkey almost as big as himself as Tim Cratchit? And who could more effectively embody the desexualized, feminized, infantilized disabled subject than Tiny Tim, the crutch-wielding child whose triumphal ride on his
more » ... mphal ride on his father's shoulders on Christmas Eve transforms him into a prosthesis for ablebodied fellow feeling? This is all to say that, in Martha Stoddard Holmes's words, "the specific things we know as we read A Christmas Carol are part of a general knowledge of bodies and feelings collaboratively produced by countless such narratives" (2). As Stoddard Holmes explains, "We enter a world of pitying or heart-warmed tears, Radical History Review Issue 94 (Winter 2006): 240-48
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