On Using Blindness as Metaphor and Difficult Questions: A Response to Ben-Moshe

Deborah J. Gallagher


In response to Ben-Moshe's highly engaging examination of Saramago's Blindness and the novel's use of disability as metaphor, I explore the possibility that this novel serves primarily as an indictment of the cultural imperialism of sightedness. Although the novel can certainly be read as an ableist text, I suggest that it might also serve to expose the creation of blindness as a disability through structures of power and domination.


Disability Studies; Literature; Blindness

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v26i2.690

Copyright (c) 2006 Deborah J. Gallagher

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