To continue my foray into the magical changeling fairy-tale world that Dani Alexis currently hangs out in, I can offer up some fun citations of my own that I culled from my giant, completely disorganized folders of sources. I found most of these back while I was researching either disability in literature/history in general, or the specific figure of the “wild child” (as in Victor of Aveyron, etc. etc.) in Romantic and Victorian philosophical works about language and species.
General bits on changeling myths, disability/abnormality in the Middle Ages, and “wild children”:
Eberly, Susan Schoon. “Fairies and the Folklore of Disability: Changelings, Hybrids and the Solitary Fairy”
Wade, James. Fairies in Medieval Romance (Chapter 1): Fairies and Humans Between Possible Worlds
Bruhm, Steven. “The Counterfeit Child”
Laes, Christian and Katariina Mustakallio. The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Chapter 3): Disabled Children in Gregory of Tours
Laes, Christian and Katariina Mustakallio. The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Chapter 5): Sons of Demons? Children’s Impairments and the Belief in Changelings in Medieval Europe (c. 1150–1400)
Mitchell, J. Allan. Becoming Human: The Matter of the Medieval Child (Chapter 1): Being Born
Miller, Sarah. Medieval Monstrosity and the Female Body (Chapter 2): Gynecological Secrets
Seshadri, Kalpana Rahita. HumAnimal–Race, Law, Language (Chapter 5): The Wild Child
Wiseman, Susan. Writing Metamorphosis in the English Renaissance 1550-1700 (Chapter 5): Transformation rewritten? Extreme nurture, wild children
Berger, James. “Falling Towers and Postmodern Wild Children: Oliver Sacks, Don DeLillo, and Turns against Language”
Bits discussing ‘abiku’ and/or ‘ogbanje’ children–changeling-esque figures from Western African literary/cultural traditions:
Barker, Clare. Postcolonial Fiction and Disability: Exceptional Children, Metaphor and Materiality (Chapter 5): ‘Redreaming the World’: Ontological Difference and Abiku Perception in The Famished Road
Barker, Clare. Postcolonial Fiction and Disability: Exceptional Children, Metaphor, and Materiality (Chapter 4): The Nation as Freak Show: Monstrosity and Biopolitics in Midnight’s Children
Ogunyemi, Chikwenye Okonjo. “An Abiku-Ogbanje Atlas: A Pre-Text for Rereading Soyinka’s Ake and Morrison’s Beloved”
Okonkwo, Christopher J. “A Critical Divination: Reading Sula as Ogbanje-Abiku”
McCabe, Douglas. ‘Histories of Errancy: Oral Yoruba Àbíkú Texts and Soyinka’s “Abiku”’
Bits about “recognition” and intersubjectivity in the context of literary theory (these all are theorists who are extremely critical of the idea that direct, intuitive knowledge of others is a “natural human ability” in any way):
Yousef, Nancy. Romantic Intimacy (Introduction): Ethics, Literature, and the Forms of Encounter
Yousef, Nancy. Romantic Intimacy (Chapter 2): Knowing Before Loving: Rousseau and the Ethics of Exposure
Izenberg, Oren. “Oppen’s Silence, Crusoe’s Silence and the Silence of Other Minds”
Yay! I like sharing sources. A lot. Can you tell? Is it noticeable? Maybe a tiny bit?
Nerd away, y’all.