Wednesday, September 7, 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).


Barry, Lorelle, and Catharine Coleborne. "Insanity and Ethnicity in New Zealand: Maori Encounters with the Auckland Mental Hospital, 1860-1900," _History of Psychiatry_ 22(3)(September 2011): 268-284.

Brian, Kathleen M. "The Reclamation of Anna Agnew: Violence, Victimhood, and the Uses of 'Cure,'" _Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies_ 5(3)(2011): 279-302.

Joshua, Essaka. "The Drifting Language of Architectural Accessibility in Victor Hugo's _Notre-Dame de Paris_," _Disability Studies Quarterly_ 31(3)(2011): online at

Kelly, Susan. "Education of Tubercular Children in Northern Ireland, 1921 to 1955," _Social History of Medicine_ 24(2011): 426-444.

Martyr, Philippa. "'Behaving Wildly': Diagnoses of Lunacy among Indigenous Persons in Western Australia, 1870-1914," _Social History of Medicine_ 24(2011): 316-333.

Newman, Sara. "Disability and Self Life Writing: Reports from the Nineteenth Century Asylum," _Journal of LIterary and Cultural Disability Studies_ 5(3)(2011): 261-278.

Pearce, David. "Evacuation and Deprivation: The Wartime Experience of the Devon and Exeter City Mental Hospitals," _History of Psychiatry_ 22(3)(September 2011): 315-331.

Stuckey, Zosha. "'What Has Become of Jimmy Thornton?': The Rhetoric(s) of Letter-Writing at the New York State Asylum for Idiots, 1855-1866," _Disability Studies Quarterly_ 31(3)(2011): online at


Akihito Suzuki reviewed Catharine Coleborne, _Madness in the Family: Insanity and Institutions in the Australasian Colonial World, 1860-1914_ (Macmillan 2010), in _Social History of Medicine_ 24(2)(2011): 499-500.

Stephanie Neuner reviewed Jason Crouthamel, _The Great War and German Memory: Society, Politics, and Psychological Trauma, 1914-1945_ (University of Exeter Press 2009) in _Social History of Medicine_ 24(2)(2011): 501-502.

Andrew Hull reviewed Carole Reeves and Ann Shaw, _The Children of Craig-y-nos: Life in a Welsh Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1922-1959_ (Wellcome Trust 2009) in _Social History of Medicine_ 24(2)(2011): 1922-1959.

Dora Vargha reviewed Heather Green Wooten, _The Polio Years in Texas: Battling a Terrifying Unknown_ (Texas A&M University Press 2009) in _Social History of Medicine_ 24(2)(2011): 525-526.

Julie Anderson reviewed Stuart Blume, _The Artificial Ear: Cochlear Implants and the Culture of Deafness_(Rutgers University Press 2010) in _Social History of Medicine_ 24(2)(2011): 531-532.

Sadiah Qureshi reviewed Nadja Durbach, _Spectacles of Deformity: Freak Shows and Modern British Culture_ (University of California Press 2009), in _Centaurus_ 53(3)(August 2011): 237-238.

Jacqueline Wernimont reviewed Andrew Scull, _Hysteria: A Biography_ (Oxford UP 2009), in _Women's Studies_ 40(2011): 814-817.


Boster, Dea Hadley (PhD, University of Michigan 2010): "Unfit for Bondage: Disability and African-American Slavery in the United States, 1800-1860"
Advisor: Martin S. Pernick


Petra Kuppers, _Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape_ (Palgrave 2011).

Contributions received this month from: Samuel Miller, John Erlen, Petra Kuppers, Brenda Brueggemann (via DS-HUM)

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