Monday, April 2, 2012

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, 2011-2012). 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).


Bjarnason, Davíð, Valgerður Stefánsdóttir & Lizette Beukes. "Signs speak as loud as words: deaf empowerment in Namibia," _Development in Practice_ 22(2)(2012): 190-201.

Mauger, Alice. "'Confinement of the Higher Orders': The Social Role of Private Lunatic Asylums in Ireland, c. 1820-60," _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 67(2)(April 2012): 281-317.

Moeschen, Sheila. "Debutantes, Disease, and Democracy: Discourses of Gender and Nationhood in 1930s Polio Pageants," _Women's Studies_ 41(3) (April-May 2012): 303-323.

Reeder, Linda. "Unattached and Unhinged: The Spinster and the Psychiatrist in Liberal Italy, 1860-1922," _Gender & History_ 24(1) (April 2012): 187-204.

Watts Belser, Julia. "Reading Talmudic Bodies: Disability, Narrative, and the Gaze in Rabbinic Judaism," in Darla Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus, eds., _Disability in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions and Social Analysis. World Religions and Disability, vol. 2_ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011): [no pages, sorry].

Watts Belser, Julia, with Melanie S. Morrison. "What No Longer Serves Us: Resisting Ableism and Anti-Judaism In New Testament Healing Narratives," _Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion_ 17(2)(Fall 2011): [no pages, sorry].


Susan Hogan reviewed Lisa Appignanesi, _Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present_ (Virago Press 2008), in _Women's History_ 21(1)(2012): 164-166.

Jeffrey S. Reznick reviewed Richard Verville, _War, Politics, and Philanthropy: The History of Rehabilitation Medicine_ (University Press of America 2009), in _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 67(2)(April 2012): 35-337.

Ashley Baggett reviewed Ann Shaw and Carole Reeves, _The Children of Craig-y-Nos: Life in a Welsh Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1922-1959_ (Wellcome Trust Centre 2009), in _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 67(2)(April 2012): 337-339.


R. A. R. Edwards, _Words Made Flesh: Nineteenth-Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture_ (NYU Press 2012).

Contributions received this month from: Kathleen Sheldon, Tim Vermande

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