Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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, 2012-2013). 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).


Domanski, Cezary W. "Mysterious 'Monsieur Leborgne': The Mystery of the Famous Patient in the History of Neuropsychology is Explained," _Journal of the History of the Neurosciences_ 22(1)(2013): 47-52.

Gebrekidan, Fikru Negash. "Disability Rights Activism in Kenya, 1959-1964: History from Below," _African Studies Review_ 55(3) (December 2012): 103-122.

Margo, Curtis E., Lynne E. Harman, and Don B. Smith. "Blindness and the Age of Enlightenment: Diderot's Letter to the Blind," _JAMA Ophthalmology_ 131(1)(2013): 98.

McCarthy, Angela. "Exploring Ethnicity and Ethnic Identities in New Zealand Lunatic Asylums before 1910," in Rosalind McClean, et al (eds), _Counting Stories, Moving Ethnicities: Studies from Aotearoa New Zealand_ (University of Waikato 2012): 185-206.

Nielsen, Kim E. "Memorializing FDR," _OAH Magazine of History_ 27(1) (January 2013): 23-26.

Parsons, Anne. "From Asylum to Prison: The Story of Lincoln, Illinois," _Journal of Illinois History_ 14(Winter 2011 [2012]): 242-260.

Parsons, Gwen A. "The Construction of Shell Shock in New Zealand, 1919-1939: A Reassessment," _Social History of Medicine_ 26(2013): 56-73.

Price, Kim. "'Where is the Fault?': The Starvation of Edward Cooper at the Isle of Wight Workhouse in 1877," _Social History of Medicine_ 26(2013): 21-37.

Reich, Rebecca. "Madness as Balancing Act in Joseph Brodsky's 'Gorbunov and Gorchakov,'" _Russian Review_ 72(1)(January 2013): 45-65.

Virdi, Jaipreet. "Tensions between Educators and Aurists, 1815-30," _British Deaf History Society Journal_ 15(4)(2013).


Julie Anderson reviewed Fiona Reid, _Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment, and Recovery in Britain, 1914-1930_ (Continuum 2010), in _War in History_ 20(2013): 131-132.

Gerold Sedlmayr reviewed Heather R. Beatty, _Nervous Disease in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain_ (Pickering and Chatto 2011) in _Social History of Medicine_ 26(1)(2013): 143-144.

Helen Horowitz reviews David G. Schuster, _Neurasthenic Nation: America's Search for Health, Happiness, and Comfort, 1869-1920_ (Rutgers University Press 2011), in _Social History of Medicine_ 26(1) (2013): 145-146.

Allan V. Horwitz reviewed Michael E. Staub, _Madness is Civilisation: When the Diagnosis was Social, 1948-1980_ (University of Chicago Press 2011) in _Social History of Medicine_ 26(1)(2013): 154-155.

Stephen Kuusisto reviewed Kim Nielsen, _A Disability History of the United States_ (Beacon Press 2012), in "Disability and Democracy," _The Wilson Quarterly_ (5 December 2012): online here:  

Ruselle Meade reviewed Elisheva Perelman, "The Exponent of Breath: The Role of Foreign Evangelical Organizations in Combating Japan's Tuberculosis Epidemic of the Early Twentieth Century" (PhD diss., UC Berkeley 2011), at _Dissertation Reviews_ (30 January 2013):


Sara Newman, _Writing Disability: A Critical History_ (Lynne Rienner Publishers and First Forum Press 2012).

Harilyn Rousso, _Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back_ (Temple University Press 2013).

Wendy Churchill, _Female Patients in Early Modern Britain: Gender, Diagnosis and Treatment_ (Ashgate Publishing 2013).

Contributions received this month from: Anne Parsons, Dan Wilson, Kathleen Sheldon, Fikru Gebrekidan, Iain Hutchison, Rachael A. Zubal-Ruggieri (via DS-Hum), Harilyn Rousso

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