Graduation Date

Summer 2023

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in English, emphasis in Applied English Studies

Committee Chair Name

Janelle Adsit, Ph.D

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Renee Byrd, Ph.D

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff


Disability studies, Disability theory, Literary analysis, Models of disability, Young adult literature, Sick lit, Representation, Speculative fiction, Literary fiction

Subject Categories



This project explores how the three umbrella models of disability (medical, functional, and social) are shown in several disabled characters from three novels published after the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum. Through the utilization of literary analysis from a cultural studies perspective, this project shows that the models of disability, despite the various flaws in their respective designs, prove to be useful lenses to see disability through, both in these novels and in real life, to help further its mainstream understanding, at least on a basic level. My goal is to make these ways of seeing more accessible to those not well-versed in the field of disability studies.

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