Prosthesis and Disability in the Age of Superhuman Functionality

Botsa Katara// Prostheses have been known to humanity since antiquity, with the earliest traces of them to be found in ancient Rome and Egypt. But despite being here for centuries their evolution has been a slow and steady one. The change from simple wooden limbs to aesthetically and technologically more enhanced versions was the result…

Pat-a-caking One’s Way into the World of Blindness

Botsa Katara// “But he wouldnay get his fucking Dysfuckingfunctional Benefit man he would be lucky to get fucking re-registered … and the actual compen was a joke. Nay chance.” (Kelman 248) The epigram belongs to James Kelman’s Booker Prize winning novel, How Late It Was, How Late. Published in 1994, the novel documents the travails…

The Kinetic Eloquence of Hands

Botsa Katara // Listen: a four–worded wave speech: seesoo, hrss, rsseeeis, ooos. Vehement breath of waters amid seasnakes, rearing horses, rocks. In cups of rocks it slops: flop, slop, slap: bounded in barrels. And, spent, its speech ceases. (Joyce 45) If listening ceases with speech, and speech with sound, then does language cease too? And,…