Disability in Comp/Rhet Bibliography

There are lots of great composition and rhetoric bibliographies out there gathering together resources about disability in composition rhetoric, such as Rebecca Moore Howard’s bibliographies, the bibliographies available on Disability Rhetoric, and the CompPile Disability Studies bibliography (link is a PDF) put together by Tara Wood, Margaret Price, and Chelsea Johnson.

This page is my own (periodically updated) running bibliography of sources I’m using for my dissertation as well as other work I want to read regarding disability in composition and rhetoric (and some related fields). There’s not much of a theme to it, but I hope it’s helpful for people who are looking to read up on disability scholarship in composition and rhetoric.


Babcock, Rebecca Day. Tell Me How It Reads: Tutoring Deaf and Hearing Students in the Writing Center. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2012. Print.

Barber-Fendley, Kimber, and Chris Hamel. “A New Visibility: An Argument for Alternative Assistance Writing Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities.” College Composition and Communication (2004): 504-535.

Brizee, Allen, Morgan Sousa, and Dana Lynn Driscoll. “Writing Centers and Students with Disabilities: The User-Centered Approach, Participatory Design, and Empirical Research as Collaborative Methodologies.” Computers and Composition 29.4 (2012): 341–366.

Brueggemann, Brenda J. Lend me your ear: Rhetorical constructions of deafness. Gallaudet University Press, 1999.

Brueggemann, Brenda J, Linda F. White, Patricia A. Dunn, Barbara A. Heifferon, and Johnson Cheu. “Becoming Visible: Lessons in Disability.” College Composition and Communication. 52.3 (2001): 368-98.

Carmichael, Stephen, and Peg Alden. “The Advantages of Using Electronic Processes for Commenting on and Exchanging the Written Work of Students with Learning Disabilities and/or AD/HD.” Composition Studies 34.2 (2006): 43-57.

Dolmage, Jay. Disability Rhetoric. Syracuse University Press, 2013.

Dunn, Patricia A. Learning Re-Abled: The Learning Disability Controversy and Composition Studies. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers, 1995. Print.

–. Talking, Sketching, Moving: Multiple Literacies in the Teaching of Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2001.

Erevelles, Nirmala. “Crippin’ Jim Crow: Disability, Dis-Location, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada (2014): 81-100.

Hamraie, Aimi. “Universal Design Research as a New Materialist Practice.” Disability Studies Quarterly 32.4 (2012)

Heilker, Paul. “Autism, Rhetoric, and Whiteness.” Disability Studies Quarterly 32.4 (2012)

Heilker, Paul, and Melanie Yergeau. “Autism and Rhetoric.” College English 73.5 (2011): 485–497

Jack, Jordynn. Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks. University of Illinois Press, 2014.

Johnson, Jenell. The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain. Ed. with Melissa Littlefield. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.

–. American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History. University of Michigan Press, 2014.

Jung, Julie. “Textual Mainstreaming and Rhetorics of Accommodation.”Rhetoric Review 26.2 (2007): 160-178.

Kafer, Alison. Feminist, Queer, Crip. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.

Kerschbaum, Stephanie. “On Rhetorical Agency and Disclosing Disability in Academic Writing.” Rhetoric Review 33.1 (2014): 55-71.

Leonardo, Zeus, and Alicia A. Broderick. “Smartness as Property: A Critical Exploration of Intersections between Whiteness and Disability Studies.” Teachers College Record 113.10 (2011): 2206–2232.

Lewiecki-Wilson, Cynthia. “Rethinking Rhetoric through Mental Disabilities.” Rhetoric Review (2003): 156–167. Print.

–. “Ableist Rhetorics, Nevertheless: Disability and Animal Rights in the Work of Peter Singer and Martha Nussbaum.” JAC (2011): 71-101.

Lewiecki-Wilson, Cynthia, Brenda Jo Brueggemann, and Jay Dolmage. Disability and the Teaching of Writing: A Critical Sourcebook. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008.

Madaus, Joseph. “The History of Disability Services in Higher Education.” New Directions for Higher Education. 2011.154 (2011): 5-15. 

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

Palmeri, Jason. “Disability studies, cultural analysis, and the critical practice of technical communication pedagogy.” Technical Communication Quarterly 15.1 (2006): 49-65.

Price, Margaret. Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011.

Schalk, Sami. “Metaphorically speaking: Ableist metaphors in feminist writing.”Disability Studies Quarterly 33.4 (2013).

Schweik, Susan. “Lomax’s Matrix: Disability, Solidarity, and the Black Power of 504.” Foundations of Disability Studies (2013)

Siebers, Tobin. Disability Theory. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008.

Snyder, Sharon L., Brenda Jo Brueggemann, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. Disability Studies : Enabling the Humanities. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2002.

Stuckey, Zosha. A Rhetoric of Remnants: Idiots, Half-Wits, and Other State-Sponsored Inventions. SUNY Press, 2014.

Sunderland, Steve. “Opening the Door to Higher Education: The Rights of the Intellectually Different to Access and Peace.” Disability Studies Quarterly 28.4 (2008)

Titchkosky, Tanya. The Question of Access: Disability, Space, Meaning. Toronto [Ont.: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

–. Reading and Writing Disability Differently the Textured Life of Embodiment. Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 2007

Vidali, Amy. “Embodying/disabling plagiarism.” JAC: Journal of Composition Theory 3.12 (2011): 248-266.

Walters, Shannon. Rhetorical Touch: Disability, Identification, Haptics. University of South Carolina Press, 2014. 

–. “Toward an Accessible Pedagogy: Dis/ability, Multimodality, and Universal Design in the Technical Communication Classroom.” Technical Communication Quarterly 19.4 (2010): 427–454.

–. “Autistic Ethos at Work: Writing on the Spectrum in Contexts of Professional and Technical Communication.” Disability Studies Quarterly 31.3 (2011).

White, Linda F. “Learning Disability, Pedagogies, and Public Discourse.” College Composition and Communication. 53.4 (2002): 705-38.

Wilson, James C, and Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson. Embodied Rhetorics: Disability in Language and Culture. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2001.

Wood, Tara, et al. “Where We Are: Disability and Accessibility.” Composition Studies 42 (2014): 147-150.

Yergeau, Melanie, et.al. “Multimodality in Motion: Disability and Kairotic Spaces.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 18.1.

Yergeau, Melanie. “Clinically Significant Disturbance: On Theorists Who Theorize Theory of Mind.” Disability Studies Quarterly 33.4 (2013): n. pag. Google Scholar. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.

Zdenek, Sean. “Which sounds are significant? Towards a rhetoric of closed captioning.” Disability Studies Quarterly 31.3 (2011).


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