Summer, Reading Memoir and Disability Studies Edition

by on Jul.09, 2012

Here are some things I’ve been reading:

-G. Thomas Couser Signifying Bodies Disability in Contemporary Life Writing: are you writing a memoir? Do you have a body? Do you have a mind/body? This book is for you.

-Kim Q. Hall editor Feminist Disability Studies: thoroughly intersectional and provides a solid intro to disability studies. For a germinal introduction to the how and why of the discipline, Simi Linton’s Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity is most helpful.

-Ann Jurecic Illness as Narrative: I wish I had read this before I completed my pain poetics piece for ELN, but I didn’t, so now I just get to consider how Jurecic’s analysis of Elaine Scarry, Susan Sontag, and contemporary pain scholarship & narrative might influence its evolution. The overlap in our inquiries is a bit spooky, or else a very reasonable consequence of a sharp mind/body being/watching a body in pain. Bruno Latour’s “Why Critique Has Run Out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern” informs her critical framework and seems v. relevant to what Johannes was talking about.

-Here are the memoirs I’ve read: Ann Finger Past Due: A Story of Disability, Pregnancy and Birth, Terry Galloway Mean Little Deaf Queer, Lucy Grealy Autobiography of a Face, and Jeanette Winterson Why be Happy When You Could be Normal. I appreciated these memoirs more having read Signifying Bodies first.


2 comments for this entry:
  1. Kent Johnson


    Michael Davidson, who was one of the central figures on the old Language poetry scene, is now an active scholar in disability studies. Are you familiar with his work? I was with him in Leningrad in 1989. A really good person…

  2. Danielle Pafunda

    Thanks, Kent, yes! He’s in the *Beauty Is A Verb* anthology.

    Leningrad in ’89! Wow! I was there in ’97 and got to tag along with a professor to a wonderfully bizarre poets’ gathering.