Eating Disorders as Disabilities?

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Tolonda Henderson
Mon, Aug 1, 2022 4:57 PM

Hello, I am crowdsourcing a quandary that I have regarding my dissertation.
I am studying contemporary Young Adult novels with black disabled
protagonists and I keep waffling about whether to include Hannah
Moskowitz's *Not Otherwise Specified. *The main character has an eating
disorder and I feel like it reads like a disability narrative, but I am
unable to find any scholarship that frames eating disorders as
disabilities. I don't (necessarily) want to spend time doing the work of
connecting the two, but I also don't (necessarily) want to leave this novel
out of my study for that reason. Thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas?

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Tolonda Henderson
Graduate Instructor and PhD Student
English Department
University of Connecticut
they/them/their

Hello, I am crowdsourcing a quandary that I have regarding my dissertation. I am studying contemporary Young Adult novels with black disabled protagonists and I keep waffling about whether to include Hannah Moskowitz's *Not Otherwise Specified. *The main character has an eating disorder and I feel like it reads like a disability narrative, but I am unable to find any scholarship that frames eating disorders as disabilities. I don't (necessarily) want to spend time doing the work of connecting the two, but I also don't (necessarily) want to leave this novel out of my study for that reason. Thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas? -- Tolonda Henderson Graduate Instructor and PhD Student English Department University of Connecticut they/them/their