January Institute
Workshop:Lunatic Literature: Talking Back to Exclusionary Culture
Presented by: Maryrose Eannace
Location: IT216
Time: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:30-4:30pm
Max number of participants: 25

Between 1850 and 1860, the patients of the New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica wrote, edited and published a monthly publication, The Opal, which talked back to a culture that committed, contained and isolated people with mental illness. Situated in the larger discourse of Disabilities Studies, this discussion will share the history of The Opal, its successes and failures, and theories concerning its cultural intent and impact.

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