Friday, February 4, 2011



Ouch! is a BBC website by and for disabled people, and it is also for those who hold an interest in the disabled, such as family, friends, and professionals. There are articles, podcasts, blogs and a message board. The Ouch! talk show podcast is an award-winning half hour show, and a new episode is broadcast about twice per month. The topics range from DadaFest, the world's biggest disability arts festival, dating websites, live musical performances by disabled musicians, and the Blind Football World Cup. Tech-interested visitors will enjoy Adrian Higginbotham's regular feature on accessible technology devices, such as the "Ouch! guide to audio description" and "TV help". Visitors can subscribe to the "Newsletter" to get a weekly brief on what's new in disability news and what's new on the site. The link to subscribe is on the bottom left side of the homepage. Visitors will want to check out the "Play" link, with its humorous drawings, comics and articles. The "Motley Zoo" comic depicts disabled animals, such as a shy peacock or the owl and the pussycat that can't go out to sea because they have hydrophobia.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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, 2010-2011). Most 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).


McWilliams, Ellen. "Madness and Mother Ireland in the Fiction of Patrick McCabe," _Irish Studies Review_ 18(4)(November 2010): 391-400.

Metzler, Irina. "Disability in the Middle Ages: Impairment at the Intersection of Historical Inquiry and Disability Studies," _History Compass_ 9(1)(2011): 45-60.

Meyer, Manuella. "Sanity in the South Atlantic: The Mythos of Philippe Pinel and the Asylum Movement in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro," _Atlantic Studies_ 7(4)(2010): 473-492.

Odell, Tracy. "Not Your Average Childhood: Lived Experience of Children with Physical Disabilities Raised in Bloorview Hospital, Home, and School from 1960 to 1989," _Disability and Society_ 26(1) (2011): 49-63.

Tomlinson, Niles. "Creeping in the 'Mere': Catagenesis in Poe's 'Black Cat' and Gilman's 'Yellow Wallpaper,'" _ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance_ 56(3)(2010): 232-268.


Barbara L. Floyd, _From Institutions to Independence: A History of People with Disabilities in Northwest Ohio_ (University of Toledo Press 2011).

Contributions received this month from: Kristina Richardson, Tricia Salata

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