Friday, November 4, 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).


Cherniak, Elizabeth.  "Discourse with the Monstruous:  Able-Bodied and Disabled Encounters with Primitive Other in Africa," in Pedro F. Marcelino, ed., _Home in Motion:  The Shifting Grammars of Self and Stranger_ (Oxford Interdisciplinary Press 2011).

Ghadessi, Touba.  "Inventoried Monsters:  Dwarves and Hirsutes at Court," _Journal of the History of Collections_ 23(2)(2011):  267-281.

Grischow, Jeff D.  "Kwame Nkrumah, Disability, and Rehabilitation in Ghana, 1957-66," _Journal of African History_ 52(2)(2011):  179-199.

Lubin, David M.  "Losing Sight:  War, Authority, and Blindness in British and American Visual Cultures, 1914-22," _Art History_ 34(4) (September 2011):  796-817.

Serlin, David.  "Touching Histories:  Personality, Disability, and Sex  in the 1930s," in Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow, eds., _Sex and Disability_ (Duke University Press, forthcoming January 2012):  145-164.


James W. Trent reviewed C. F. Goodey, _A HIstory of Intelligence and 'Intellectual Disability':  The Shaping of Psychology in Early Modern Europe_ (Ashgate 2011), in _Reviews in History_ (2011)(review #1140);
online here:

Zosha Stuckey reviewed Lillian Craton, _The Victorian Freak Show:  The Significance of Disability and Physical Difference in 19th-Century Fiction_ (Cambria Press 2009), in _Disability Studies Quarterly_ 31(4)
(2011): online here:

Eric Wertheimer reviewed John C. Burnham, _Accident Prone:  A History  of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age_ (University of Chicago Press 2009), in _American Historical Review_ 116(4)(October 2011):  1090-1091. 


Joanna Pearce (MA, Dalhousie University 2011):  "'Fighting in the Dark':  Sir Charles Frederick Fraser and the Halifax Asylum for the Blind, 1850-1915"

Contributions received this month from:  Kathleen Sheldon, Jonathon Erlen, Joanna Pearce, Tim Vermande

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