Thursday, October 1, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: Current Journal Articles on Disability History

Introduction: About once a month (supply allowing), we post 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, 2008-2009). Some of them are culled from online Table of Contents sites maintained by journal publishers. We also include book chapters in new collections, cites for new books, and cites for review articles, new books, and new dissertations. Contributions are always welcomed offlist and are compiled into subsequent postings by the editor.

The usual caveats:

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).


Barfoot, Michael.  "The 1815 Act to Regulate Madhouses in Scotland:  A Reinterpretation," _Medical History_ 53(1)(January 2009):  57-76.

Berton, Mireille.  "Cinéma et sciences du psychisme en 1900:  la névrose, la paramnésie, la transe," _Gesnerus_ 66(1)(2009):  103-120. [In French; title is translated "Film and Sciences of the Mind in 1900:  Neurosis, Paramnesia, Trance"]

Brittain, Ian, and Yeshayahu Hutzler.  "A Socio-Historical Perspective on the Development of Sports for Persons with Physical Disability in Israel," _Sport in Society_ 12(8)(2009):  1075-1088.

Getz, Lynn M.  "'A Strong Man of Large Human Sympathy':  Dr. Patrick  L. Murphy and the Challenges of Nineteenth-Century Asylum Psychiatry in North Carolina," _North Carolina Historical Review_ 56(1)(January 2009):  32-58.

Jensen, Joan M.  "Silver City Health Tourism in the Early Twentieth Century:  A Case Study," _New Mexico Historical Review_ 84(Summer 2009):  321-361.

Lansing, Michael J., "'Salvaging the Man Power of America': Conservation, Manhood, and Disabled Veterans during World War I," _Environmental History_ 14(Jan. 2009):  32–57.

Longmore, Paul K.  "Disability Rights Activism," in Heather Thompson, ed., _Speaking Out with Many Voices:  Documenting American Activism and Protest in the 1960s and 1970s_ (Prentice-Hall 2009).

Robertson, Jo.  "The Leprosy Asylum in India:  1886-1947," _Journal of  the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 64(2009):  429-473.

Turda, Marius.  "'To End the Degeneration of a Nation':  Debates on Eugenic Sterilization in Interwar Romania," _Medical History_ 53(1) (January 2009):  77-104.


Verstraete, P. & Hellinckx, W. (Eds.) (2009). Met een handicap naar school: Het ontstaan en de ontwikkeling van het onderwijs aan kinderen en jongeren met een handicap (1750-1970). Ieper: Stedelijk Onderwijsmuseum [Translated into English - With a disability to school: The emergence and development of educational initiatives for children and youth with a disability (1750-1970)].

Zina Weygand, _The Blind in French Society from the Middle Ages to the Century of Louis Braille_ (Stanford University Press)---now available in an English translation, and as an electronic book through

Susan Burch, ed., _Encyclopedia of American Disability History_ (Facts on File, 2009; 3 vol.).

Geoffrey Reaume, _Remembrance of Patients Past: Patient Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940_, Second Edition [originally published in 2000 by Oxford U Press Canada] Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Nadja Durbach, _Spectacle of Deformity:  Freak Shows and Modern British Culture_ (University of California Press 2009).


Camilla Obel and Roslyn Kerr reviewed Steve Bailey, _Athlete First:  A History of the Paralympic Movement_ (John Wiley 2008) and P. David Howe, _The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement--Through an Anthropological Lens_ (Routledge 2008), in _Leisure Studies_ 28(4) (October 2009):   497-500.

Anna Crozier reviewed Richard C. Keller, _Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa_ (University of Chicago Press 2007), in _Africa_ 79(3)(August 2009):  471-472.

Geoffrey Reaume reviewed Benjamin Reiss, _Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture_ (University of  Chicago Press, 2008), in _The American Historical Review_ 114:3 (June
2009): 758-759.

Gerald N. Grob reviewed David Healy, _Mania:  A Short History of Bipolar Disorder_ (Johns Hopkins University Press 2008), in _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 64(4)(2009):  556-558.


Aleksandra Pfau, "Madness in the realm: Narratives of mental illness in late medieval France" (PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 2008).

Audra R. Jennings, "With Minds Fixed on the Horrors of War: Liberalism and Disability Activism, 1940-1960" (PhD, Ohio State University 2008).

Sarah Frances Rose, "No Right to be Idle:  The Invention of Disability, 1850-1930" (PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago 2008).

Contributions received this month from:  Rachael A. Zubal-Ruggieri  (via DS-HUM), Pieter Verstraete, Paul Longmore. Catherine Kudlick, Susan Burch, Daniel Wilson, Kristina Richardson, Geoffrey Reaume, John   Erlen, Kim Nielsen

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