Toward autonomy in love and work: situating the film "Yo, también" within the political project of disability studies.

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Abstract

This essay looks at the representation of disability in the recent Spanish film "Yo, también" through the lens of disability studies, understood as a political project. The film's portrayal of a character who is, like the actor who plays him, Europe's first university graduate with Down syndrome, is unique. Moreover, "Yo, también" provides the opportunity to assess the state of the struggle for rights for persons with disabilities both in the film's narrative arc and also in the wider Spanish (and global) society. Among other sources, specific articles of the United Nations's recent Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities are incorporated into the essay. Both essay and film coincide in emphasizing the need to grant disabled populations greater autonomy in the spheres of love and work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalHispania (Madrid, Spain : 1940)
Volume94
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011

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