Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Disabling the Mainstream

Disability and Coming Out in Anne Holt

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (2019), 13, (2), 195–211.

Abstract

The article evaluates the intersection of lesbianism and disability in Anne Holt’s novels through a feminist disability reading of 1222 and Offline, alongside the compensation narratives offered by Hans Olav Lahlum and Jeffrey Deaver. The article argues that by mixing conventions from lesbian “coming-out” narratives and disability crime fiction, Holt’s protagonist represents an intersection of “different-ness” from which she is more productive at solving crimes, but she is invalidated and ignored.

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Pâquet, Lili