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Emmeline Burdett

Posts by Emmeline Burdett

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Unlimited: Death Café

Southbank Centre invited people to take part in a tea party-style discussion of death and dying on Sunday 11 September. Emmeline Burdett encountered the ’encouraging, safe space for open discussion and shared understanding of ideas about and encounters with death and dying’ set up as a Death Café “In the midst ...

The front cover of Not a Leg to Stand On by D.D. Mayers. It depicts his wife standing on a beach with sunglasses on, Mayers can be seen in the background through her legs in his wheelchair.

‘You Have Not a Leg to Stand On’ by D.D. Mayers

D.D. Mayers' autobiography is described as the story of one man’s journey from happiness to despair and back again. Dr Emmeline Burdett gives an analysis of the book drawing on disability studies theory to understand how disabled people can often imbibe a negative self-image from disability stereotypes. You Have Not a ...

cover illustration of The Norwich Wheelchair Murders by Bill Albert showing the silhouette of a man casting a shadow in the shape of the wheelchair-user symbol

‘The Norwich Wheelchair Murders’ by Bill Albert

The Norwich Wheelchair Murders is an example of 'Crip Noir’ according to pre-publication reviews. Emmeline Burdett explores the ‘disability angles’ within this compelling thriller, written by wheelchair user and disability rights campaigner, Bill Albert. Bobby Fishbaum has relocated to Norwich from Los Angeles with his small daughter Anna. Bobby, now living ...

cover of Lindsay Ashford's novel showing a red hardbound book with a lock of black hair placed on top, next to a glass phial of golden coloured liquid

‘The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen’ by Lindsay Ashford

Published in October 2011, The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen is a historical mystery, researched and written while the author Lindsay Ashford was living in the former home of Jane Austen's brother. Dr Emmeline Burdett critiques the suppositions proposed in the novel from the perspective of the lives of women ...

Tanvi Bush ‘Witch Girl’

Through a unique blend of witchcraft, AIDS activism, religious extremism, Tanvi Bush weaves together a thrilling narrative with vivid descriptions and unforgettable characters in her first novel published by Modjaji Books. Review by Emmeline Burdett. Witch Girl is set in Zambia, and tells the harrowing story of what happens to eleven-year-old ...

‘Courting Greta’ by Ramsey Hootman

Published in June 2013 Courting Greta is Ramsey Hootman's debut novel: ‘a most unlikely romance, involving a 34-year-old crippled computer geek and a middle-aged gym teacher/ basketball coach with a penchant for addressing him as Mr. Cooke.’ Dr Emmeline Burdett critiques the novel from the perspective of a social model ...

Ivan Riches and Simon Puri?š: ‘Children of the Great War’

Produced as part of a London-wide Age Exchange project Children of the Great War is a dual-screen film and digital media installation, which records memories and experiences of the First World War passed down through families and across communities. Review by Emmeline Burdett. When I asked the artist Ivan Riches about ...

oil painting of the composer Beethoven with pen and paper in hand

Beethoven: challenging prejudice about the composers’ deafness as personal tragedy

Beethoven’s deafness is a topic which needs and deserves much more thorough investigation, says Emmeline Burdett responding to a recent column by Philip Collins in the Times newspaper. The article is just one illustration of how discriminatory language persists unchecked in the media. On 8 November 2014, the Times newspaper published ...

This is a plate from Wilfred Owen's 1920 Poems by Wilfred Owen, showing the author side-on, dressed in his military uniform

The anti-war poem ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen

Emmeline Burdett gives an analysis of one of the most famous anti-war poems of all time from the hand of the First World War Poet, Wilfred Owen. In a bid to evoke what Owen called ‘the pity of War’ the poem ‘Disabled’ gives impairment an emblematic status which, argues Burdett, ...