Tr. Kotopoulos, El. Solaki, An. Alevriadou, M. Solaki: Borders and representations of heroes with disabilities in the books of Ev. Trivizas

The established power in Foucauldian terms allows us to analyze the “borders and representations of heroes with disabilities” in fairytales and juvenile literature. In the health field, a number of nursing educators and sociologist discussed a variety of topics relating to old age and nursing homes, the status of nurses as professionals, the conflict between medicine and midwifery, intellectual disability and sexuality, AIDS, the history of hygiene education as well as issues of public health and lifestyle. Just like gender, race and class, disability has become a standard analytical category in the historian’s tool chest nowadays. Up until now Paul Longmore and Lauri Umansky’s book ‘The New disability history: American perspectives” (2001) still provides the most thoughtful introduction to the burgeoning field. This aspect is based on the social-constructivist approach of history and closely connected to the ongoing emancipatory processes of persons with disabilities all over the world. We use post-modernist philosophies and theories of history in order to deal with the problematic feature of ‘identity’ in current disability theory. This research focuses on the heroes with disabilities as they are represented in the stories for children (fairytales and juvenile literature) written by Eugene Trivizas. The researching material consists of the books:
1.      The bald hedgehog {O falakros skantzoxoiros} (1996). Athens: Kedros.
2.      The little disappointed elephant {To paraponemeno elefantaki} (1996). Athens: Kedros.
3.      The ill rooster {O sunaxomenos kokoras} (2002). Athens: Kedros.
4.      The three fancy ribbons {Oi treis apokriatikes kordeles} (2002). Athens: Patakis.
5.       Ildoyardos Sarapasnip (unpublished).
6.      The pirates of chimney {Oi peirates tis kaminadas} (1997). Athens: Psyhogios.
7.      The last black cat {H teleutaia mauri gata} (2001). Athens: Ellinika Grammata.