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Ability and the Human

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 October 2020

Scott DeShong
Quinebaug Valley Community College, CT
Margaret Morganroth Gullette
Brandeis University
Jacqueline E. Brady
Kingsborough Community College City University of New York
Richard M. Ohmann
Wesleyan University
Gerald Graff
University of Illinois, Chicago


As many articles in the March 2009 issue of PMLA imply, the question of ability is central to any consideration of the human. For example, in “Human, All Too Human: ‘Animal Studies’ and the Humanities” (124.2 [2009]: 564–75), Cary Wolfe shows how the humanities transgresses its own limits and thereby shifts its locus and center. Insofar as this broad area of study is the appropriate venue for reflection on the discursive boundary of the human, it must erase that boundary.

Copyright © Modern Language Association of America, 2010

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