Lourdes's Monsters : A Critical Disability Studies Reading of the Spectacle of Disability. / Thompson, Hannah.

In: Australian Journal of French Studies, Vol. 55, No. 2, 07.2018, p. 171-183.

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Lourdes's Monsters : A Critical Disability Studies Reading of the Spectacle of Disability. / Thompson, Hannah.

In: Australian Journal of French Studies, Vol. 55, No. 2, 07.2018, p. 171-183.

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Thompson, Hannah. / Lourdes's Monsters : A Critical Disability Studies Reading of the Spectacle of Disability. In: Australian Journal of French Studies. 2018 ; Vol. 55, No. 2. pp. 171-183.

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