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Andrews, Jonathan. “The (Un)Dress of the Mad Poor in England, c.1650—1850. Part 1.” History of Psychiatry, vol. 18, no. 1, Mar. 2007, pp. 005–24.
—. “The (Un)Dress of the Mad Poor in England, c.1650—1850. Part 2.” History of Psychiatry, vol. 18, no. 2, June 2007, pp. 131–56.
Andrews, Jonathan, and Andrew Scull. Customers and Patrons of the Mad-Trade: The Management of Lunacy in Eighteenth-Century London: With the Complete Text of John Monro’s 1766 Case Book. U of California P, 2002, doi:10.1525/j.ctt1ppz15.
Beenstock, Zoe. “Looking at Sympathy in Wordsworth’s Disability Poetry.” Romanticism, vol. 26, no. 1, 2020, pp. 62-74.
Benedict, Leah. “Genetic Failures and Imperfect Enjoyments: Rochester and the Anatomy of Impotence.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 28, no. 1 (2015), doi:10.3138/ecf.28.1.59.
Blackie, Daniel. “Disability.” Encyclopedia of the New American Nation, edited by Paul Finkelman, vol. 1, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006, pp. 391-392.
—. “Disability and Work During the Industrial Revolution in Britain,” The Oxford Handbook of Disability History, edited by Michael Rembis, Catherine Kudlick, and Kim E. Nielsen. Oxford U P, 2018, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190234959.013.11.
Bodammer, Eleoma. “Disability Studies and New Directions in Eighteenth-Century German Studies.” Goethe Yearbook 28. Edited by Patricia Anne Simpson, Birgit Tautz, and Sean Franzel. 3rd Party US, 2021, doi:10.1353/gyr.2021.0017.
Borsay, Anne. “Returning Patients to the Comunity: Disability, Medicine and Economic Rationality before the Industrial Revolution.” Disability & Society, vol. 13, no. 5, 1998, pp. 645-.
Bowles, Emily. “Maternal Culpability in Fetal Defects: Aphra Behn’s Satiric Interrogations of Medical Models.” Recovering Disability in Early Modern England, edited by Allison P. Hobgood and David Houston Wood, Ohio State U P, 2013, pp. 43–56. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv17260bx.7.
Bradshaw, Michael, editor. Disabling Romanticism. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Branch, Katie, Clemma Fleat, Nicola Grove, Tim Lumley Smith, and Robin Meader. “Peter the ‘Wild Boy’: What Peter Means to Us.” Intellectual Disability: A Conceptual Disability, 1200-1900, edited by Patrick McDonagh, C. F. Goodey, and Tim Stainton, pp. 148-61. Manchester U P, 2018.
Brewer, William D. “Mary Robinson’s Paralysis and the Discourse of Disability.” Disabling Romanticism, edited by Michael Bradshaw, pp. 105-126. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Chandler, David. “‘in Mental as in Visual Darkness Lost’: Southey’s Songs for a Mad King.” Disabling Romanticism, edited by Michael Bradshaw, pp. 87-103. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Chueh, Difeng. “Beauplaisir as a Disabled Libertine in Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina; Or Love in a Maze.” Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, vol. 13, no. 2, 2021, pp. 1-10, doi:10.21659/RUPKATHA.V13N2.07.
Cleall, Esme, and Onni Gust. “Disability as a Problem of Humanity in Scottish Enlightenment Thought.” The Historical Journal, vol. 65, no. 2, 2021, pp. 328-348. doi:10.1017/S0018246X21000133.
Crawford, Katherine. “Desiring Castrates, Or how to Create Disabled Social Subjects.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, 2016, pp. 59-90, doi:10.1353/jem.2016.0011.
Davies, Jeremy. “A Hundred Tongues: George Darley’s Stammer.” Disabling Romanticism, edited by Michael Bradshaw, pp. 191-210. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Deutsch, Helen. “Exemplary Aberration: Samuel Johnson and the English Canon.” Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities, edited by Sharon L. Snyder et al., Modern Language Association of America, 2002, pp. 197–210.
Dickie, Simon. Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century. U of Chicago P, 2011.
—. “Deformity Poems and Other Nasties.” Eighteenth-Century Life, vol. 41, no. 1, 2017, pp. 197-230 doi:10.1215/00982601-3696175.
—-.. “Hilarity and Pitilessness in the Mid-Eighteenth Century: English Jestbook Humor.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 37, no. 1 (Fall 2003): 1–22, doi:10.1353/ecs.2003.0060.
Dirks, Whitney. “‘Weighty Celebrity’: Corpulency, Monstrosity, and Freakery in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century England.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 3, 2019, https://dsq-sds.org/article/view/6602.
Farr, Jason S. “Colonizing Gestures: Crusoe, the Signing Sovereign.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 29, no. 4, 2017, pp. 537-562, doi:10.3138/ecf.29.4.537.
—. Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature. Bucknell U P, 2019.
—. “Libertine Sexuality and Queer-Crip Embodiment in Eighteenth-Century Britain.” New Queer Readings, Special Issue of Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 16, no. 4 (2016), doi:10.1353/jem.2016.0033.
—. “Sharp Minds / Twisted Bodies: Intellect, Disability, and Female Education in Frances Burney’s “Camilla”.” The Eighteenth Century, vol. 55, no. 1, 2014, pp. 1-17, doi:10.1353/ecy.2014.0010.
Fawcett, Julia H. “The Overexpressive Celebrity and the Deformed King: Recasting the Spectacle as Subject in Colley Cibber’s “Richard III”.” PMLA : Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, vol. 126, no. 4, 2011, pp. 950-965, doi:10.1632/pmla.2011.126.4.950.
Fernandes, Sara. “‘Grow Backwarder and Backwarder’: Fissured Surfaces and Crooked Bodies in Frances Burney’s Camilla.” Textual Practice, vol. 34, no. 12, 2020, pp. 1933-1953, doi:10.1080/0950236X.2020.1834708.
Field, Jonathan B. “The Governor’s Two Bodies: Polity and Monstrosity in Winthrop’s Boston.” Early American Literature, vol. 52, no. 1, 2017, pp. 29-52, doi:10.1353/eal.2017.0001.
Foster, Thomas A. “Recovering Washington’s Body-Double: Disability and Manliness in the Life and Legacy of a Founding Father.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 1, 2012, doi:10.18061/dsq.v32i1.3028.
Gabbard, Dwight Christopher. “‘A Defect in the Mind’: Cognitive Ableism in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.” Intellectual Disability: A Conceptual Disability, 1200-1900, edited by Patrick McDonagh, C. F. Goodey, and Tim Stainton, pp. 104-27. Manchester U P, 2018.
—. “Disability Studies and the British Long Eighteenth Century: Disability Studies – 18th Century.” Literature Compass, vol. 8, no. 2, 2011, pp. 80-94, doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2010.00771.x.
—. “Teaching & Learning Guide for: Disability Studies and the British Long Eighteenth-Century.” Literature Compass, vol. 8, no. 5, 2011, pp. 313-314, doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2011.00802.x.
—. “From Idiot Beast to Idiot Sublime: Mental Disability in John Cleland’s “Fanny Hill”.” PMLA : Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, vol. 123, no. 2, 2008, pp. 375-389, doi:10.1632/pmla.2008.123.2.375.
—. “‘What He Found Not Monsters, He Made So’: The I-word and The Bathos of Exclusion.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, 2008, pp. 11-21, doi:10.3828/jlcds.2.1.3.
Goergen, Corey. “Dr. Johnson’s Palliative Care: The Spiritual Economics of Dissipation in the Life of Savage.” Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 52, no. 4, 2019, pp. 379-394, doi:10.1353/ecs.2019.0025.
—. “‘Psychological Curiosit[Ies]’ from an ‘Intellectual Giant’: Coleridge, Disease, Disability, and Drugs.” Disabling Romanticism, edited by Michael Bradshaw, pp. 71-86. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, doi:10.1057/978-1-137-46064-6_4.
Goodey, C. F. “John Locke and His Successors: The Historical Contingency of Disability.” A History of Intelligence and “Intellectual Disability,” Routledge, 2011, pp. 323–56, https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315564838-32.
Grave, Floyd. “Narratives of Affliction and Recovery in Haydn,” The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, edited by Blake Howe, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Neil Lerner, and Joseph Straus. Oxford U P, 2015, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199331444.013.28.
Hunt-Kennedy, Stefanie. Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean. U of Illinois P, 2020, doi:10.5406/j.ctvz0hcpp.
—. “‘Had his nose cropt for being formerly runaway’: disability and the bodies of fugitive slaves in the British Caribbean,” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, 41:2, 2019, pp. 212-233, DOI: 10.1080/0144039X.2019.1644886
—. “‘Let them be Young and Stoutly Set in Limbs’: Race, Labor, and Disability in the British Atlantic World.” Social Identities, vol. 21, no. 1, 2015, pp. 37-52 doi:10.1080/13504630.2014.995349.
—. “The Middle Passage, the Market, and the Plantation: Slavery-Induced Disability in the Eighteenth-Century Caribbean.” Global Histories of Disability, 1700-2015. Edited by Esme Cleall. Routledge, 2023. pp. 23 – 39.
James-Cavan, Kathleen. “’[A]ll in Me is Nature’: The Values of Deformity in William Hay’s Deformity: An Essay.” Prose Studies, vol. 27, no. 1-2, 2005, pp. 27-38, doi:10.1080/01440350500068767.
Jarrett, Simon. “‘Belief’, ‘Opinion’, and ‘Knowledge’: The Idiot in Law in the Long Eighteenth Century.” Intellectual Disability: A Conceptual Disability, 1200-1900, edited by Patrick McDonagh, C. F. Goodey, and Tim Stainton, pp. 162-89. Manchester U P, 2018.
Jones, Christine K. “‘An Uneasy Mind in an Uneasy Body’: Byron, Disability, Authorship, and Biography.” Disabling Romanticism, edited by Michael Bradshaw, pp. 147-167. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, doi:10.1057/978-1-137-46064-6_8.
Joshua, Essaka. “Disability and Deformity: Function Impairment and Aesthetics in the Long Eighteenth Century.” The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability, edited by Clare Barker and Stuart Murray, Cambridge U P, 2017, pp. 47–61.
—. Physical Disability in British Romantic Literature. Cambridge U P, 2020, doi:10.1017/9781108872126.
—. “Picturesque Aesthetics: Theorising Deformity in the Romantic Era.” Disabling Romanticism, edited by Michael Bradshaw, pp. 29-48. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Junkerman, Nicholas. “‘Confined unto a Low Chair’: Reading the Particulars of Disability in Cotton Mather’s Miracle Narratives.” Early American Literature, vol. 52, no. 1, 2017, pp. 53–78, doi:10.1353/eal.2017.0002.
—. “Washington Allston’s Christ Healing the Sick: Disability, History Painting, and Narrative Time.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts, vol. 42, no. 3, 2020, pp. 313-334, doi:10.1080/08905495.2020.1755189.
Kelleher, Paul. “Johnson and Disability.” The New Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson, edited by Greg Clingham, Cambridge U P, 2022, pp. 204–217. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108966108.016.
- From abstract: “This chapter considers how Samuel Johnson’s various disabilities shaped perceptions of him during his lifetime and continue to influence critical and biographical assessments of his personality, conversational prowess, and literary style. …I discuss why interpretations of Johnson’s mental and physical impairments might be better served by focusing on terms that were current in the eighteenth century, such as melancholy and peculiarity. …. I examine episodes in which these peculiarities inspired people to stare at Johnson or to imitate him. These episodes reveal the deeper significance that eighteenth-century men and women ascribed to unusual and surprising forms of embodiment. I conclude by exploring the intriguing connections critics have made between Johnson’s ‘peculiar’ body and his distinctive prose style.”
Knight, Amber. “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Disability, and the Injustice of Misrecognition.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 40, no. 4, 4, Dec. 2020. https://doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v40i4.7109.
Kogan, Nathaniel S. “Aberrations in the Body and in the Body Politic: The Eighteenth-Century Life of Benjamin Lay, Disabled Abolitionist.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 3, 2016, doi:10.18061/dsq.v36i3.5135.
Krentz, Christopher. “Duncan Campbell and the Discourses of Deafness.” Prose Studies, vol. 27, no. 1-2, 2005, pp. 39-52, doi:10.1080/01440350500068775.
Lafleur, Greta. “Defective in One of the Principle Parts of Virility: Impotence, Generation, and Defining Disability in Early North America.” Early American Literature, vol. 52, no. 1, 2017, pp. 79-107, doi:10.1353/eal.2017.0003.
Law, Hedy. “A Cannon-Shaped Man with an Amphibian Voice: Castrato and Disability in Eighteenth-Century France.” The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, edited by Blake How et al, pp. 329-44. Oxford U P, 2016.
Lorenz, Matt. “Blakean Wonder and the Unfallen Tharmas: Health, Wholeness, and Holarchy in the Four Zoas.” Disabling Romanticism, edited by Michael Bradshaw, pp. 127-145. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Luhning, Holly. “Disability and the Disenfranchised in Eliza Haywood’s Rash Resolve.” The Age of Johnson, vol. 20, 2010.
Lund, Roger D. “Laughing at Cripples: Ridicule, Deformity and the Argument from Design.” Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 39 no. 1, 2005, p. 91-114. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2005.0051.
Mounsey, Chris, editor. The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; 2015.
—. Sight Correction: Vision and Blindness in Eighteenth-Century Britain. U of Virginia P, 2019.
Nussbaum, Felicity. “Dumb Virgins, Blind Ladies, and Eunuchs: Fictions of Defect.” In Defects: Engendering the Modern Body, edited by Helen Deutsch and Felicity Nussbaum, 31–53. U of Michigan P, 2000.
Quaglia, Bruce. “Musical Prosthesis: Form, Expression, and Narrative Structure in Beethoven’s Sonata Movements ,” The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, edited by Blake Howe, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Neil Lerner, and Joseph Straus. Oxford U P, 2015, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199331444.013.36.
Quinn, Megan. “‘His Lips with Joy they Burr’: Onomatopoeia in Wordsworth’s ‘the Idiot Boy’.” Studies in Romanticism, vol. 60, no. 1, 2021, pp. 27-.
—. “Jeremy Bentham on Physical Disability: A Problem for Whom?” Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, vol. 8, no. 4, 2012. https://rdsjournal.org/index.php/journal/article/view/79.
Reeves, James B. “Untimely Old Age and Deformity in Sarah Scott’s Millenium Hall.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 27, no. 2, 2014, pp. 229-256, doi:10.3138/ecf.27.2.229.
Richman, Jared S. “Monstrous Elocution: Disability and Passing in Frankenstein.” Essays in Romanticism, vol. 25, no. 2, 2018, pp. 187-207, doi:10.3828/eir.2018.25.2.5.
—. “The Other King’s Speech: Elocution and the Politics of Disability in Georgian Britain.” The Eighteenth Century, vol. 59, no. 3, 2018, doi:10.1353/ecy.2018.0016.
Richter, Virginia. “Exterior Inspection and Regular Reason: Robert Hooke’s and Margaret Cavendish’s Epistemologies of the Senses”. The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern England. Brill, 2016.
Rodas, Julia M. “Autistic Voice and Literary Architecture in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Disabling Romanticism, edited by Michael Bradshaw, pp. 169-190. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Samuels, Ellen. “Response: How do Early Americans with Disabilities Act?” Early American Literature, vol. 52, no. 1, 2017, pp. 169-176.
Sanford, Susannah B. “Queer and Present Danger: Freakery and Sapphic Desire in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 34, no. s1, 2022, pp. 547–70, DOI: 10.3138/ecf.34.s1.547 .
- Abstract: “This essay examines the relationship between (dis)ability and sexuality in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda (1801). Jason Farr argues that (dis)ability and sexuality are “mutually constitutive” in the eighteenth century and demonstrates the link between conceptions of (dis)ablebodiedness and non-heteronormativity. I argue that the constitutive relationship is bifurcated across two characters from Edgeworth’s novel: Harriet Freke’s sexual divergence constitutes her disability, and Lady Delacour’s experience of disability and chronic pain constitutes her sexual ambiguity and Sapphic possibilities. A queer-crip reading of Belinda demonstrates that Lady Delacour experiences intimate relationships with women and her husband through her injured breast and chronic pain. Harriet Freke’s divergent gender performance disables her under the chastising gaze of the other characters, and, in the end, she is permanently, physically marked by an injury. Lady Delacour experiences a cure of her long-term injury that results in a transformation to the ennobled, contemporary form of heterosexual domesticity.”
Simpson, Murray K. “Idiocy and the Conceptual Economy of Madness.” Intellectual Disability: A Conceptual Disability, 1200-1900, edited by Patrick McDonagh, C. F. Goodey, and Tim Stainton, pp. 190-210. Manchester U P, 2018.
Sisman, Elaine. “Music and the Labyrinth of Melancholy: Traditions and Paradoxes in C. P. E. Bach and Beethoven,” The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, edited by Blake Howe, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Neil Lerner, and Joseph Straus. Oxford U P, 2015, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199331444.013.29.
Snyder, Sharon. “Unfixing Disability in Lord Byron’s ‘The Deformed Transformed.’” In Bodies in Commotion. 280-91.
Spring, Matthew. “Thomas Mace: A Hearing-Impaired Musician and Musical Thinker in the Seventeenth Century.” Aural Diversity. Edited by John L. Drever, and Andrew Hugill. Routledge, 2023.
- From abstract: “Thomas Mace (c. 1613-1706) lost his hearing in middle age, yet continued his musical life as a player, singer and teacher. In response to his disability he modified his instruments to help him hear, devised an acoustical performing chamber to enhance the sound potential of an enclosed space, and invented new instruments. Mace’s Musick’s Monument (1676) is the most important English source of lute music after 1640 and he was one of the most important music theorists of the period. His discussion of ‘affect’ in music is invaluable. This chapter explores the ways that hearing loss affected his thinking on music and the practical steps he took to continue his musical life.”
Stainton, Tim. “Sensationalism and the Construction of Intellectual Disability.” Intellectual Disability: A Conceptual Disability, 1200-1900, edited by Patrick McDonagh, C. F. Goodey, and Tim Stainton, pp. 128-47. Manchester U P, 2018.
Stanback, Emily B. “Disability, Sympathy, and Encounter in Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads.” Disabling Romanticism, edited by Michael Bradshaw, pp. 49-69. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
—. The Wordsworth-Coleridge Circle and the Aesthetics of Disability. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Sykes, Ingrid. “The Politics of Sound: Music and Blindness in France, 1750-1830.” The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, edited by Blake How et al, pp. 92-111. Oxford U P, 2016.
Toscano, Pasquale S. “‘A Parliament of Monsters’: Genre, Disability, and the Revival of Epic Ability in Wordsworth’s Prelude.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 4, 4, Dec. 2019. https://doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v39i4.6549.
Turner, David M. Disability in Eighteenth-Century England: Imagining Physical Impairment. Routledge, 2012, doi:10.4324/9780203117545.
—. “Picturing Disability in Eighteenth-Century England,” The Oxford Handbook of Disability History, edited by Michael Rembis, Catherine Kudlick, and Kim E. Nielsen. Oxford U P, 2018, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190234959.013.20.
Vanja, Christina. “Shelter and Custody. Identifying and Treating Physical and Mental Disabilities in Eighteenth-Century Hessian High Hospitals”. Tracing Hospital Boundaries: Integration and Segregation in Southeastern Europe and Beyond, 1050-1970, edited by Jane L. Stevens Crawshaw, Irena Benyovsky Latin, and Kathleen Vongsathorn, pp. 115–131. Brill, 2020.
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Wang, Fuson. “The Historicist Turn of Romantic‐Era Disability Studies, Or Frankenstein in the Dark.” Literature Compass, vol. 14, no. 7, 2017, doi:10.1111/lic3.12400.
—. “Teaching Guide for: ‘The Historicist Turn of romantic‐era Literary Disability Studies, Or, Frankenstein in the Dark’.” Literature Compass, vol. 14, no. 9, 2017, doi:10.1111/lic3.12409.
Wickham, Parnel. “Conceptions of Idiocy in Colonial Massachusetts.” Journal of Social History, vol. 35, no. 4, 2001, pp. 935–54, doi:10.1353/jsh.2002.0067.
—. “Idiocy in Virginia, 1616-1860.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 80, no. 4, 2006, pp. 677–701, doi:10.1353/bhm.2006.0148.
Wilson, Philip K. “Eighteenth-Century ‘Monsters’ and Nineteenth-Century ‘Freaks’: Reading the Maternally Marked Child.” Literature and Medicine, vol. 21, no. 1, 2002, pp. 1-25, doi: 10.1353/lm.2002.0014.
Wiehe, Jarred. “No Penis? No Problem: Intersections of Queerness and Disability in Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.” The Eighteenth Century, vol. 58, no. 2, 2017, doi:10.1353/ecy.2017.0015.
Wolfson, Susan J. “Frankenstein’s Origin-Stories.” The Huntington Library Quarterly, vol. 53, no. 4, 2020, pp. 663-690. doi:10.1353/HLQ.2020.0032.
Zani, Steven. “Clubfoot, Caul and Controversy: Byron Biography and the Foundation of Genius.” The Byron Journal, (2004), 32, (1), pp. 31–38. doi:10.3828/bj.32.1.4.