Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Disability and Romance

As a popular media form that frequently depicts disabled people finding love and living happily ever after, romance novels are a key site of investigation for Disability Studies. Depictions of disability in romance can prompt reflection upon cultural norms regarding disability, sexuality, and desire, while the depiction of disabled characters living happily ever after can challenge tragedy-model perceptions of disability.

The Disability and Romance Project is the first project to gather empirical data (beyond basic demographic data) from romance readers, writers, and industry professionals in relation to disability. As well as advancing the scholarly dialogue on disability and romance, the project is starting new conversations about disability in the romance community and posing key research questions: