Disability, Early Liberalism, and The Confession and Dying Words of Samuel Frost (1793)

Greta Lafleur

Yale University

Greta LaFleur is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Yale University. Her research and teaching focuses on early North American literary and cultural studies, the history of science, the history and historiography of sexuality, and queer studies. Her first book, The Natural History of Sexuality: Race, Environmentalism, and the Human Sciences in British Colonial North America, is forthcoming with Johns Hopkins University press this summer, and she is currently co-editing a special issue of American Quarterly on early biopolitics with Kyla Schuller. Her work has appeared in Early American Literature and Early American Studies.


Greta LaFleur considers how late eighteenth-century broadsides negotiated mental illness through the 1793 case of Samuel Frost who beat Elisha Allen’s brains out in a cabbage patch. Acquitted of his father’s murder by... [ view full abstract ]


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P83 » Articulating Disability (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Fiesta I-II)

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