Current Journal Articles (#196 // September, 2017)

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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, 2016-2017). 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.

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).



  • Brune, Jeffrey A. “Blind Like Me: John Howard Griffin, Disability, Intersectionality, and Civil Rights in Postwar America.” African American Review, 50.2 (Summer 2017): 203-219.Daen, Laurel. "Martha Ann Honeywell: Art, Performance, and Disability in the Early Republic.” Journal of the Early Republic 37.2 (Summer 2017): 225-50.


  • Morgan, Ruth, and Michiko Kaneko. “Introduction: South African Sign Language (SASL) poetry.” African Studies, 76.3 (September 2017):


  • Porter, Jim Wynter. “A ‘Precious Minority’: Constructing the ‘Gifted’ and ‘Academically Talented’ Student in the Era of Brown v. Board of Education and the National Defense Education Act.” Isis 108.3 (September 2017): 581-605.


  • Tyler, Dennis, Jr. “Jim Crow’s Disabilities: Racial Injury, Immobility, and the ‘Terrible Handicap’ in the Literature of James Weldon Johnson.” African American Review, 50.2 (Summer 2017): 185-201.



  • Katchergin, Ofer. “From Disabled Students to Disabled Brains: The Medicalizing Power of Rhetorical Images in the Israeli Learning Disabilities Field.” Journal of Medical Humanities 38.3 (September 2017): 267-285.


  • McConnell, Haley Gienow. “The Story of Mr. and Mrs. Deaf: Deaf American Historiography, Past, Present, and Future.” 7 Critical Disability Discourses (2016): 109-144.


  • McConnell, Haley Gienow. “Sick Soldiers and PTSD: from Saigon to the Waltons.” In Mental Illness in Popular Culture, ed. Sharon Packer (Santa Barbara: Prager, 2017), 110-118.


  • Yapp, Hentyle. “Disability as Exception: China, Race, and Human Rights.” American Quarterly 69.3 (September 2017) 633-652.



  • Goddard, Peter A. “Untitled Review of Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps, and Monsters (Surekha Davies).” Isis 108.3 (September 2017): 690-691.


  • Ladd-Taylor, Molly. “Untitled Review of Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck (Adam Cohen).” Journal of American History 104.2 (September 2017): 516-517.


  • Montgomery, Adam. “Untitled Review of Madness in Cold War America (Alexander Dunst).” History of Psychiatry 28.3 (September 2017): 382-383.


  • Richert, Lucas. “Untitled Review of Smoking Privileges: Psychiatry, the Mentally ILl, and the Tobacco Industry in America (Laura D. Hirshbein).” History of Psychiatry 28.3 (September 2017): 383-384.


  • Spivakovsky, Claire. “Untitled Review of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada (eds. Liat Ben-Moshe, Chris Chapman, and Allison C. Carey).” African American Review, 50. 2 (Summer 2017): 244-246.


  • Wilson, Daniel J. “Untitled Review of A Disability History of the United States (Kim E. Nielsen).” African American Review, 50.2 (Summer 2017): 241-242.




  • Brian, Kathleen M., and James W. Trent, Jr., eds. Phallacies: Historical Intersections of Disability and Masculinity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.



  • Honisch, Stefan Sunandan, “Different eyes, different ears, different bodies: Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii and the education of the sensorium through musical performance.” Doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2016.



Contributions received this month from:

Jeff Brune

Laurel Daen

Kathleen Sheldon

Stefan Sunandan Honisch

Haley Gienow-McConnell

Ken Stein


Compiled by:

Kathleen M. Brian, Ph.D., Western Washington University

Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Ph.D., Kennesaw State University

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