Sight Correction: Vision and blindness in Eighteenth-Century Britain? By Chris Mounsey: (Charlottesville, University of Virginia Press, 2019) 323 pp. $79.50 cloth $39.50 paper

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Although substantial histories of emotional, physical, intellectual, and sensory impairment have proliferated throughout the past century, the historical study of disability as community is a relatively recent endeavor. As these studies have diversified, separate epistemologies that examine disability as a social phenomenon and impairments as a cultural phenomenon have evolved, particularly in English-speaking countries. However, few historical works try to address these separate approaches in a single coherent narrative. In Sight Correction, Mounsey attempts to develop such a narrative by surveying the intellectual and literary understanding of visual impairment as disability in Britain (by which he means Wales, England, and Scotland) during the eighteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-633
Number of pages2
Journal Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2021


  • blind
  • blindness
  • visual impairment
  • poetry
  • Literature
  • Eighteenth Century
  • Nineteenth Century
  • History

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