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The Disarticulate: Language, Disability, and the Narratives of Modernity

James Berger


Language is integral to our social being. But what is the status of those who stand outside of language? The mentally disabled, “wild” children, people with autism and other neurological disorders, as well as animals, infants, angels, and artificial intelligences, have all engaged with language from a position at its borders. In the intricate verbal constructions of modern literature, the “disarticulate”—those at the edges of language—have, paradoxically, played essential, defining roles. Drawing on the disarticulate figures in modern fictional works such as Billy Budd, The Sound and the Fury, ... More

Keywords: language, disability, trauma theory, mentally disabled, wild children, autism, disarticualte

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814708460
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814708460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Berger, author