Exquisite defects. Detoxing the female literary genius at the crossroads of Critical Disability Studies and Neurophenomenology

01 December 2020 → 31 October 2021
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Literatures in German
    • Psychology of literature
Neurophenomenology Critical Disability Studies Female German authors 20th Century German Language and text analysis Central Europe Western Europe hyperaesthesia hyperlexia hypersensitivity neurodiversity Gender Literary studies
Project description

Neurodiversity in male authors is regarded as a sign of genius, whereas female counterparts suffer from stigma, diagnoses and institutionalisation. This project aims to analyse neurodiversity and its designations in both modernist and postwar literature as well as ego-documents by German/Austrian female authors, by studying visual qualities in the language and drawing from Critical Disability Studies and neurophenomenology.