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The Dis-Topic Future: Biofuturity, Disability, and Crip Communities in Anglophone Speculative Fiction

  • Author(s): Martin Sandino, Amanda María Yolanda
  • Advisor(s): Streeby, Shelley
  • et al.

In this work, I define and analyze key examples of wonderlands as utopic spaces. I argue that these youth-oriented fantasy worlds are often more diverse than their adult counterparts, particularly in terms of race, sexuality, and, most importantly, disability. By considering who constitutes the citizens of conceptualized utopias, I further contend that persons with disabilities often offer ideal utopian figures. In order to demonstrate this reality in future literatures, I suggest that authors and readers alike turn to online fan fiction communities as significant sites of crip activism.

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