Friday, September 12, 2008

ANNOUNCEMENT: Current Journal Articles on Disability History

About once a month, and appearing as an an occasional feature of H-Disability, Penny L. Richards, a PhD Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women and Co-editor of H-Education and H-Disability, compiles and posts a listing of recently published historical articles about disability (somewhat broadly defined). These articles are usually found on the "current periodicals" shelves at a university library, from the most recent two calendar years (right now, 2007-2008). Some of them are culled from online Table of Contents sites maintained by journal publishers. Additional sources include book chapters in new collections, cites for new books, and cites for review articles, new books, and new dissertations.

She welcomes contributions offlist that are compiled into subsequent postings. Her usual caveats for contributions are:

"1) your definitions of history and disability may exclude some of these articles, and include others;

2) listing here does not necessarily constitute a recommendation of the articles involved; and

3) only English-language tables of contents or abstracts are usually culled (but works in other languages are welcome from contributors)."


Bernuth, Ruth v., "Über Zwerge, rachitische Ungeheuer und blödsinnige Leute lacht man nicht. Zu Karl Flögels 'Geschichte der Hofnarren' von 1789," _Traverse_ 13 (2006), H. 3, S. 61-72. [on early modern constructions of “dwarfism”]

Bösl, Elsbeth: "'…damit alle Behinderten – unabhängig von der Ursache ihrer Behinderung – den Schutz des Gesetzes haben…' Über Chancenungleichheiten und Hierarchien in der westdeutschen Behindertenpolitik." _Die Welt als Barriere. Deutschsprachige Beiträge zu den Disability Studies_, Hrsg. v. Erich Otto Graf/Cornelia Renggli/Weisser, Jan, Bern 2006, S. 57-65. [on disability policy and the welfare state in the FRG]

Bösl, Elsbeth, "Integration durch Arbeit? Westdeutsche Behindertenpolitik unter dem Primat der Erwerbsarbeit 1949–1974," _Traverse. Zeitschrift für Geschichte_ (2006), Nr. 3, S. 113-123. [on disability policy, the welfare state and rehabilitation in the workplace in the FRD]

Brink, Cornelia, "'Keine Angst vor Psychiatern'. Psychiatrie, Psychiatriekritik und Öffentlichkeit in der Bundesrepublik (1960-1980)," _"Moderne" Anstaltspsychiatrie im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Legitimation und Kritik_, Hrsg. v. Fangerau, Heiner/Nolte, Karin, Stuttgart 2006, S. 341-360. [on psychiatry and institutions]

Finnegan, Diarmid A. "'An Aid to Mental Health': Natural History, Alienists, and Therapeutics in Victorian Scotland," _Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C_ 39(3)(September 2008): 326-337.

Hannen, Christian, "Von der Fürsorge zur Barrierefreiheit. Die Hamburger Gehörlosenbewegung 1875-2005," Seedorf/Hamburg 2006. [on the Hamburg self-help group of people with hearing disabilities]

Kaba, Mariama, "Quelle place pour une perspective genre dans la 'Disability History“'? Histoire du corps des femmes et des hommes à travers le handicap," _Traverse_ 13 (2006), H. 3, S. 47-60. [on gendering disability history]

Mediratta, Sangeeta. "Beauty and the Breast: The Poetics of Physical Absence and Narrative Presence in Frances Burney's _Mastectomy Letter_ (1811)," _Women: A Cultural Review_ 19(2) (2008): 188-207.

Möhring, Maren, "Kriegsversehrte Körper. Zur Bedeutung der Sichtbarkeit von Behinderung," _Disability Studies, Kultursoziologie und Soziologie der Behinderung. Erkundungen in einem neuen Forschungsfeld_ Hrsg. v. Waldschmidt, Anne/Schneider, Werner, Bielefeld 2007, S. 175-197. [on veterans with disabilities after WWII]

Ritzmann, Iris, "'Die der Welt und sich selbst zur Last sind': Behinderte Kinder und Jugendliche in der Frühen Neuzeit," _Traverse_ 13 (2006), H. 3, S. 73-86. [on children with disability in early modern Germany]

Rudloff, Wilfried, "Rehabilitation und Hilfen für Behinderte. In: Geschichte der Sozialpolitik in Deutschland seit 1945," Bd. 4: 1957-1966 Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Sozialpolitik im Zeichen des erreichten Wohlstandes. Bandherausgeber: Ruck, Michael/Boldorf, Marcel. Hrsg. v. Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung/Bundesarchiv, Baden-Baden 2007, S. 463-502. [on rehabilitation and disability policy in the FRD]

Scharf, Lothar, "Taubstumme in der Hitlerjugend?" Fridolin W. erzählt. Biografie und Dokumentation zu Gehörlosen im 3. Reich, Heuenstamm 2006. [a biografical account of a boy with hearing and speech impairments in the Hitler Youth]

Waldschmidt, Anne, "Soziales Problem oder kulturelle Differenz? Zur Geschichte von 'Behinderung' aus der Sicht der 'Disability Studies,'"_Traverse_ 13 (2006), H. 3, S. 31-46. [on how to do research in disability history]


Abby Goldman reviewed Natalia Molina's _Fit to Be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles_ (UC Press 2006), in _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 63(4)(2008): 534-536.

Wendy Kline reviewed Mark A. Largent's _Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States_ (Rutgers UP 2008), in _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 63 (4)(2008): 537-539.

Leonard Smith reviewed Roberta Bivins and John V. Pickstone, eds., _Medicine, Madness, and Social History: Essays in Honour of Roy Porter_ (Palgrave MacMillan 2007), in _History of Psychiatry_ 19 (2008): 374-376.

Edgar Jones reviewed Penny Coleman, _Flashback, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War_ (Beacon Press 2006), in _History of Psychiatry_ 19(2008): 376-377.

Akihito Suzuki reviewed Joseph Melling and Bill Forsythe, _The Politics of Madness: The State, Insanity, and Society in England, 1845-1914_ (Routledge 2006), in _History of Psychiatry_ 19(2008): 377-380.

Chris Ball reviewed Jesse F. Ballenger, _Self, Senility, and Alzheimer's Disease in Modern America: A History_ (Johns Hopkins UP 2006), in _History of Psychiatry_ 19(2008): 380-381.

Susan Piddock reviewed James E. Moran and Jonathan Andrews, eds., _Madness, Architecture, and the Built Environment: Psychiatric Spaces in Historical Context_ (Routledge 2007), in _History of Psychiatry_ 19(2008): 382-384.


Healey, David. _Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder_ (Johns Hopkins Press 2008).

Connolly, Cynthia A. _Saving Sickly Children: The Tuberculosis Preventorium in American Life, 1909-1970_ (Rutgers UP 2008).

Contributions received this month from: Elsbeth Bösl (who sent all the German- and French-language entries this month--but any mangling of punctuation is the editor's, not Elsbeth's)

Compiled byPenny L. Richards PhD
Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Co-editor, H-Education and H-Disability