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.


Adams, Rachel. “Privacy, Dependency, Discegenation: Toward a Sexual Culture for People with Intellectual Disabilities.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 1, Dec. 2015. http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/4185.

Ahmed, Sara. “A Phenomenology of Whiteness.” Feminist Theory, vol. 8, no. 2, 2007, pp. 149–168.

—. On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life. Duke University Press, 2012.

Au, Wayne. Unequal by Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality. Routledge, 2010.

Baglieri, Susan, and Janice H. Knopf. “Normalizing Difference in Inclusive Teaching.” Journal of Learning Disabilities, vol. 37, no. 6, 2004, pp. 525–529.

Blanchett, Wanda J. “Telling It like It Is: The Role of Race, Class, & Culture in the Perpetuation of Learning Disability as a Privileged Category for the White Middle Class.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 2, 2010.

Borland, John, and Sue James. “The Learning Experience of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education. A Case Study of a UK University.” Disability & Society, vol. 14, no. 1, 1999, pp. 85–101.

Braithwaite, Dawn O. “‘Just How Much Did That Wheelchair Cost?’: Management of Privacy Boundaries by Persons with Disabilities.” Western Journal of Communication (Includes Communication Reports), vol. 55, no. 3, 1991, pp. 254–274.

Buckley, Joanne. “The Invisible Audience and the Disembodied Voice: Online Teaching and the Loss of Body Image.” Computers and Composition, vol. 14, no. 2, Jan. 1997, pp. 179–87.

Carter, Angela M. “Teaching with Trauma: Disability Pedagogy, Feminism, and the Trigger Warnings Debate.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 2, May 2015. dsq-sds.org, http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/4652.

Charmaz, Kathy. “The Body, Identity, and Self: Adapting to Impairment.” The Sociological Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 4, 1995, pp. 657–80.

Chen, Mel. “Brain Fog.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, vol. 8, no. 2, Jan. 2014, pp. 171–84.

Clouder, Lynn, et al. “The Discourse of Disability in Higher Education: Insights from a Health and Social Care Perspective.” International Journal of Educational Research, vol. 79, 2016, pp. 10–20.

Crow, Liz. “Including All of Our Lives: Renewing the Social Model of Disability.” Encounters with Strangers: Feminism and Disability, 1996, pp. 206–226.

Davis, Lennard J. The Disability Studies Reader. Routledge, 2013.

Demo, Anne Teresa. “Hacking Agency: Apps, Autism, and Neurodiversity.” Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 103, no. 3, July 2017, pp. 277–300.

Eckes, Suzanne E., and Theresa A. Ochoa. “Students with Disabilities: Transitioning from High School to Higher Education.” American Secondary Education, 2005, pp. 6–20.

Erevelles, Nirmala. Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Enabling a Transformative Body Politic. Springer, 2011.

—. “Understanding Curriculum as Normalizing Text: Disability Studies Meet Curriculum Theory.” Journal of Curriculum Studies, vol. 37, no. 4, 2005, pp. 421–439.

Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie. “Misfits: A Feminist Materialist Disability Concept.” Hypatia, vol. 26, no. 3, 2011, pp. 591–609.

Gill, Michael. Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency. Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Gouge, Catherine, and John Jones. “Wearables, Wearing, and the Rhetorics That Attend to Them.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 3, May 2016, pp. 199–206.

Gruber, David R. “Reinventing the Brain, Revising Neurorhetorics: Phenomenological Networks Contesting Neurobiological Interpretations.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 35, no. 3, July 2016, pp. 239–53.

Hensley Owens, Kim, and Derek Van Ittersum. “Writing With(out) Pain: Computing Injuries and the Role of the Body in Writing Activity.” Computers and Composition, vol. 30, no. 2, June 2013, pp. 87–100.

Hitt, Allison. “Dis/Identification with Disability Advocacy: Fraternity Brothers Fight against Architectural Barriers, 1967–1975.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 34, no. 3, July 2015, pp. 336–56.

Holladay, Drew. “Classified Conversations: Psychiatry and Tactical Technical Communication in Online Spaces.” Technical Communication Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 8–24.

Hughes, Kate, et al. “Health-Inclusive Higher Education: Listening to Students with Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses.” Higher Education Research & Development, vol. 35, no. 3, 2016, pp. 488–501.

Jaarsma, Ada S. “Design, Disability and Play: The Animal Politics of Education.” Gender and Education, vol. 28, no. 2, 2016, pp. 195–212.

Jack, Jordynn. “Leviathan and the Breast Pump: Toward an Embodied Rhetoric of Wearable Technology.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 3, May 2016, pp. 207–21.

Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika, et al. “Disabled Students’ Experiences of Higher Education in Sweden, the Czech Republic, and the United States–a Comparative Institutional Analysis.” Disability & Society, vol. 31, no. 3, 2016, pp. 339–356.

Johnson, Jenell M. American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History. 2014.

Jung, Julie. “Textual Mainstreaming and Rhetorics of Accommodation.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 26, no. 2, May 2007, pp. 160–78.

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

—. Feminist, Queer, Crip. Indiana University Press, 2013.

—. “Un/Safe Disclosures: Scenes of Disability and Trauma.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, vol. 10, no. 1, 2016, pp. 1–20.

Kerschbaum, Stephanie L. “On Rhetorical Agency and Disclosing Disability in Academic Writing.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 33, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 55–71.

Kessler, Molly Margaret. “Wearing an Ostomy Pouch and Becoming an Ostomate: A Kairological Approach to Wearability.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 3, May 2016, pp. 236–50.

Kim, Eunjung. “Unbecoming Human An Ethics of Objects.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 21, no. 2–3, 2015, pp. 295–320.

Lynch, Ruth Torkelson, and Lori Gussel. “Disclosure and Self-Advocacy Regarding Disability-Related Needs: Strategies to Maximize Integration in Postsecondary Education.” Journal of Counseling and Development: JCD, vol. 74, no. 4, 1996, p. 352.

Mallett, Rebecca, and Katherine Runswick-Cole. “Commodifying Autism: The Cultural Contexts of ‘Disability’in the Academy.” Disability and Social Theory, Springer, 2012, pp. 33–51.

Matthews, Nicole. “Teaching the ‘Invisible’ Disabled Students in the Classroom: Disclosure, Inclusion and the Social Model of Disability.” Teaching in Higher Education, vol. 14, no. 3, 2009, pp. 229–239.

McGregor, Karla K., et al. “The University Experiences of Students with Learning Disabilities.” Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, vol. 31, no. 2, 2016, pp. 90–102.

Moe, Peter Wayne. “Revealing Rather Than Concealing Disability: The Rhetoric of Parkinson’s Advocate Michael J. Fox.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 31, no. 4, Oct. 2012, pp. 443–60.

Morse, Tracy Ann, et al. “Representing Disability Rhetorically.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 22, no. 2, Apr. 2003, pp. 154–202.

Ordover, Nancy. American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism. U of Minnesota Press, 2003.

OToole, Corbett. “Disclosing Our Relationships to Disabilities: An Invitation for Disability Studies Scholars.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 2, 2013.

Owens, Kim Hensley. “‘Look Ma, No Hands!’: Voice Recognition Software, Writing, and Ancient Rhetoric.” Enculturation, vol. 7, 2010.

Paul, Stanley. “Students with Disabilities in Higher Education: A Review of the Literature.” College Student Journal, vol. 34, no. 2, 2000, pp. 200–211.

Pilling, Merrick Daniel. “Invisible Identity in the Workplace: Intersectional Madness and Processes of Disclosure at Work.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 1, 2013.

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

—. “The Bodymind Problem and the Possibilities of Pain.” Hypatia, vol. 30, no. 1, Feb. 2015, pp. 268–84. Wiley Online Library, doi:10.1111/hypa.12127.

Riddell, Sheila. “Chipping Away at the Mountain: Disabled Students’ Experience of Higher Education.” International Studies in Sociology of Education, vol. 8, no. 2, 1998, pp. 203–222.

—. Disabled Students in Higher Education: Perspectives on Widening Access and Changing Policy. Routledge, 2005.

Rinaldi, Jacqueline. “Rhetoric and Healing: Revising Narratives about Disability.” College English, vol. 58, no. 7, 1996, pp. 820–34.

Rinaldi, Jen. “Reflexivity in Research: Disability between the Lines.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 2, Mar. 2013. dsq-sds.org, http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/3711.

Roozen, Kevin. “Tracing Trajectories of Practice: Repurposing in One Student’s Developing Disciplinary Writing Processes.” Written Communication, vol. 27, no. 3, July 2010, pp. 318–54.

Selznick, Hilary. “Investigating Students’ Reception and Production of Normalizing Discourses in a Disability-Themed Advanced Composition Course.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 2, May 2015. dsq-sds.org, http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/4626.

Shapiro, Joseph P. No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. Times Books, 1993.

Siebers, Tobin. Disability Theory. 2008.

Simplican, Stacy Clifford. The Capacity Contract: Intellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship. University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Smagorinsky, Peter. “Who’s Normal Here? An Atypical’s Perspective on Mental Health and Educational Inclusion.” English Journal, vol. 103, no. 5, May 2014, pp. 15–23.

Teston, Christa. “Rhetoric, Precarity, and MHealth Technologies.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 3, May 2016, pp. 251–68.

Titchkosky, Tanya. Reading and Writing Disability Differently: The Textured Life of Embodiment. University of Toronto Press, 2007.

—. “The Ends of the Body as Pedagogic Possibility.” Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, vol. 34, no. 3–4, 2012, pp. 82–93.

Uthappa, N.Renuka. “Moving Closer: Speakers with Mental Disabilities, Deep Disclosure, and Agency through Vulnerability.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 36, no. 2, Apr. 2017, pp. 164–75.

Vickerman, Philip, and Milly Blundell. “Hearing the Voices of Disabled Students in Higher Education.” Disability & Society, vol. 25, no. 1, 2010, pp. 21–32.

Walters, Shannon. Rhetorical Touch: Disability, Identification, Haptics. 2014.

Yanni, Carla. The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States. U of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Yergeau, Melanie. “Circle Wars: Reshaping the Typical Autism Essay.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 1, 2009. Google Scholar, http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/1063/1222.

—. “Clinically Significant Disturbance: On Theorists Who Theorize Theory of Mind.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 4, May 2013. dsq-sds.org, http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/3876.

Yssel, Nina, et al. “A Door Must Be Opened: Perceptions of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education.” International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, vol. 63, no. 3, May 2016, pp. 384–94.

Zdenek, Sean. Reading Sounds: Closed-Captioned Media and Popular Culture. University of Chicago Press, 2015.

—. Reading Sounds: Closed-Captioned Media and Popular Culture. University of Chicago Press, 2015.

—. “Which Sounds Are Significant? Towards a Rhetoric of Closed Captioning.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 3, Aug. 2011. dsq-sds.org, http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/1667.


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