What’s New?! 2014

There is so much going on in Disability Rhetoric these days, our list of things to watch/read/listen to seems almost never-ending. But in an exciting way, of course! This post is meant to share a few recent items that we’re suggesting should be on your list as well (if they aren’t already). First, Dev Bose has been working tirelessly at updating the Disability Rhetoric site, so please take some time to cruise around the various pages and see what’s new. Let us (Tara Wood, Hilary Selznick, Dev Bose) know if there is anything you’d like to add or any ideas you have for enhancing the site.

Second, 2014 has been an exciting year for books that focus on the intersections of rhetoric, disability, and writing studies. Here are a few highlights:

  • Dolmage, Jay. Disability Rhetoric. New York: Syracuse UP, 2014. Print.
  • Kerschbaum, Stephanie. Toward a New Rhetoric of Difference. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2014. Print.
  • Ben-Moshe Liat, Chris Chapman and Allison Carey, eds. Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada. New York: Palgrave, 2014. Print.

Several articles should also be mentioned:

  • Dolmage, Jay. “Framing Disability, Developing Race: Photography as Eugenic Technology.” Enculturation17 (March 2014). Web. 27 September 2014.
  • Dunn, Patricia. “Disabling Assumptions: Challenging Stereotypes for a More Democratic Society. English Journal 103.2 (November 2014). Print.
  • Kerschbaum, Stephanie. “On Rhetorical Agency and Disclosing Disability in Academic Writing.” Rhetoric Review 33.1 (2014). 55-71. Print.
  • Shachmut, Kyle. “A New Obstacle for Students with Disabilities.” The Chronicle of Higher Education (September 2014). Web. 27 September 2014.

In addition to these publications, the following recent presentations are available to view:

In addition to the books and presentations listed above, Emily Clark recently reviewed Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson Jen Cellio’s Disability and Mothering: Liminal Spaces of Embodied Knowledge for JAC 34.1/2; Elizabeth Brewer reviewed Jay Dolmage’s Disability Rhetoric for DSQ 34.2; and Amy Vidali reviewed Stephanie Kerschbaum’s book Toward a New Rhetoric for DSQ 34.3. And speaking of DSQ, they recently put out a call for a multidisciplinary editorial team.

Finally, we’d like to mention the fantastic work of one of Amy Vidali’s graduate students, Marissa Michael who put together a website focusing on first-year composition and disability studies. http://disabilitystudiesincomposition.wordpress.com

The work we’re highlighting here is by no means exhaustive; it represents our efforts to applaud, amplify, and share the tremendous quality of work produced by/in this research community. And we want to know what you’re up to! Let us know what you have on your disability to do-list, whether it’s something we should read, a site we should visit, or a talk we can listen to!

Tara & Hilary

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