ESO Bibliographies: Disability Studies

Disability Studies and Southern Studies 

Significant Works in Disability Studies

Agamben, Giorgio, and Daniel Heller-Roazen. Homo Sacer. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1998.

Bogdan, Robert. Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1988.

Coleman, Lerita M. “Stigma: An Enigma Demystified.” In The Disability Studies Reader. Ed. Lennard Davis. New York: Routledge, 2006. 141-52.

Davis, Lennard. Bending Over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism, and Other Difficult Positions. New York: NYUP, 2002.

Fiedler, Leslie. Freaks: Myths and Images of the Secret Self. New York: Simon and Shuster, 1978.

Goffman, Erving. Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. New York: Simon and Shuster, 1963.

Hentoff, Nat. “The Awful Privacy of Baby Doe.” The Nat Hentoff Reader. Boston: De Capo Press, 2001. 263-85.

Hevey, David. The Creatures Time Forgot: Photography and Disability Imagery. New York: Routledge, 1992.

Hughes, Bill. “Disability and the Body.” In Disability Studies Today. Ed. Colin Barnes, Mike Oliver, and Len Barton. Cambridge: Polity, 2002. 58-76.

Mitchell, David T. The Biopolitics of Disability: Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment. Ann Arbor, The U of Michigan P, 2015.

Mitchell, David T., and Sharon L. Snyder. Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse. Ann Arbor, MI: The U of Michigan P, 2000.

McRuer, Robert. Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability. New York: NYUP, 2006.

Meekosha, Helen. “Decolonizing Disability: Thinking and Acting Globally.” Disability & Society 26.6 (2011): 667-82.

Russell, Emily. Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative, and the Body Politic. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2011.

Siebers, Tobin. Disability Aesthetics. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2010.

Thomson, Rosemarie Garland. Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. New York: Columbia UP, 1997.

—. “Introduction: From Wonder to Error—A Genealogy of Freak Discourse in Modernity.” Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body. New York: New York UP, 1996. 1-22.

Tremain, Shelley. Foucault and the Government of Disability. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2005.


Disability Studies and the American South

Arant, Alison. “‘A Moral Intelligence’: Mental Disability and Eugenic Resistance in Welty’s ‘Lily Daw and the Three Ladies’ and O’Connor’s ‘The Life You Save May Be Your Own’.” Southern Literary Journal 44.2 (2012): 69-87.

Ferris, Jim. “Aesthetic Distance & the Fiction of Disability.” Bodies in Commotion: Disability and Performance. 56-68. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2005.

Hagood, Taylor. “Disability, Reactionary Appropriation, and Strategies if Manipulation in Simms’s Woodcraft.” Southern Literary Journal 45.2 (2013): 39-56.

—. Faulkner, Writer of Disability. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State UP, 2014.

Hall, Alice. Disability and Modern Fiction: Faulkner, Morrison, Coetzee and the Nobel Prize for Literature. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Kornasky, Linda. “Ellen Glasgow’s Disability.” Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Culture 49.2 (1996): 281-293.

Larson, S. A. “‘I Be Dawg’: Intellectual Disability and the Animal Other in the Works of William Faulkner.” Disability Studies Quarterly 34.4 (2014)

Noll, Steve. Feeble-Minded in Our Midst: Institutions for the Mentally Retarded in the South, 1900-1940. Chapel Hill, NC: The U of North Carolina P, 1995.

Russell, Emily. “Domesticating the Exceptional: Those Extraordinary Twins and the limits of American Individualism.” Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative and the Body Politic. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2011. 23-58.

—. “‘Marvelous and Very Real’: The Grotesque in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Wise Blood.” Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative and the Body Politic. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2011. 59-96.

Sellevold, Kirsti. “Cognitive Deficits in Literary Fictions: Faulkner’s The Sound And The Fury and Vesaas’ The Birds.” Comparative Critical Studies 12.1 (2015): 71-88.

Truchan-Tataryn, Maria. “Textual Abuse: Faulkner’s Benjy.” Journal of Medical Humanities 26.2-3 (2005): 159-172.

Vernon, Zackary. “The Enfreakment of Southern Memoir in Harry Crews’s A Childhood.” Mississippi Quarterly 67.2 (Spring 2014): 193-211.

Yaeger, Patricia. Dirt and Desire: Reconstructing Southern Women’s Writing, 1930-1990. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2000.

Watson, Jay. “Difficult Embodiment: Coming of Age in Katherine Anne Porter’s Miranda Stories.” Reading for the Body: The Recalcitrant Materiality of Southern Fiction, 1893-1985. Athens, GA: The U of Georgia P, 2012. 216-261.

White, Jeanna Fuston. “The One-Eyed Preacher, His Crooked Daughter, and Villagers Waving Their Stumps: Barbara Kingsolver’s Use of Disability in The Poisonwood Bible.” South Central Review: The Journal of the South Central Modern Language Association 26.3 (2009): 131-144.


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