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Michael Bérubé, director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State, asks what happens when characters with intellectual disabilities appear in fictions that experiment with the parameters of fiction.
Ranging from Don Quixote to Philip K. Dick's 1964 novel Martian Time-Slip, Bérubé suggests that intellectual disability takes many textual forms, opening onto the question of how we understand the difference between fact and fiction, and onto the experience of radically disorienting modes of time and narrative.
The July 15, 2013 lecture was sponsored by the School of Criticism & Theory.