Towards a critical stylistics of disability

HERMESTON, Rodney (2017). Towards a critical stylistics of disability. Journal of Language and Discrimination, 1 (1), 34-60.

Hermeston-TowardsaCriticalStylistics(AM).pdf - Accepted Version
All rights reserved.

Download (190kB) | Preview
Official URL:
Link to published version::


This article sets out the initial terrain for a critical stylistics of disability exposing the linguistic structures that encode often harmful ideologies surrounding disabled people. Disabled people are represented in literature and the media in general as 'other', and as curiosities to be described and explained. They are represented stereotypically as pitiable, evil, burdensome, as 'Super Cripples' or super humans, or as self-pitying. Such depictions can be internalised by and harmful to disabled people. Analysis will need to acknowledge that disabled people are frequently foregrounded as socially deviant in representations. Areas for analysis will include the author status as disabled or non-disabled, narrative mode, and the use of disability as metaphor. However, major areas for study will be description in noun phrases, transitivity analysis and the language of appraisal and evaluation. These can be scrutinised to expose the manner in which ideologies and stereotypes of disability are encoded.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Humanities Research Centre
Identification Number:
Page Range: 34-60
Depositing User: Rodney Hermeston
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 14:56
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:49

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics