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oa African Journal of Disability - Disability and masculinity in South African autosomatography : original research

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2223-9170
  • E-ISSN: 2226-7220

 

Abstract

This article examines the representation of disability by disabled black South African men as portrayed in two texts from the autosomatography genre, which encompasses first-person narratives of illness and disability. Drawing on extracts from Musa E. Zulu's and William Zulu's , the article argues that physical disability affects heteronormative concepts of masculinity by altering the body, which is the primary referent for the construction and performance of hegemonic masculinity. In ableist contexts, the male disabled body may be accorded labels of asexuality. This article therefore reveals how male characters with disabilities reconstruct the male self by both reintegrating themselves within the dominant grid of masculinity and reformulating some of the tenets of hegemonic masculinity.

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2014-01-01
2020-09-22

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