Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham
My thesis explores the representation of dwarfs in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (1954-55), ‘the Watch’ arc of Pratchett’s Discworld (1983-2015), and George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (1996-) and suggest the potential impacts these may have on society’s attitudes towards people with dwarfism. My thesis will be structured around four key questions: what implications are raised by the classification of dwarfs as biological and cultural others; what does the spiritual and moral codification of height suggest about social attitudes towards impairment; what messages do the depictions of dwarfs’ sex and sexuality send about impairment; and to what extent are actors with dwarfism exploited in film and tv adaptations?
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