Bibliography: Future of Medieval Disability Studies

An Initial Bibliography of Collaborative and Coauthored Works

Crowdsourced bibliography facilitated by Jonathan Hsy in conjunction with the ACMRS roundtable (23 November 2020)

Anthologies and Journals:

Brevity Magazine 65 (September 2020): Experiences of Disability [special issue] 

Brown, L.X.Z., E. Ashkenazy, and M. Giwa Onaiwu, eds. All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism. Autism Women’s Network, 2017. 

The Deaf Poets Society: an online journal of deaf and disabled literature & art. 

Sins Invalid [and P. Berne], Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People, Second Edition (2019). 

Wong, A., ed. Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century (2020). 

Wong, A., ed. Resistance & Hope: Essays by Disabled People – Crip Wisdom For the People (2019).

Wood, C., ed. Criptiques. 2014. 

Williams, D.A., and K.R. Parker, eds. For Us, About Us – Racial Unrest and Cultural Transformation. Special Issue of CLAJ 63.2 (August 2020). [NB: T.A. Pickens]

Collaborative/Coauthored/Crowdsourced Works and Critical Disability Studies:

Chronically Academic [network of academics with disabilities and chronic illnesses].




Disability Studies by Non-Tenure-Track Academics (contribute to the Google form by December 15): 

Premodern Disability, administered by L. Row-Heyveld and L.B. Jones-Pierce [resource aggregator website for medieval and early modern disability studies].



Society for the Study of Disability in the Middle Ages (SSDMA).

Facebook group (public): 

Medieval Disability Glossary (SSDMA). 

Akbari, S., ed. How We Write: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blank Page (punctum books, 2015). [Disability-centered essays: R.H. Godden, M. Nolan] 

Barrington, C., and J. Hsy. “Editors’ Introduction: Chaucer’s Global Orbits and Global Communities.” Global Chaucers special issue of Literature Compass (June 2018). [NB: J.M. Bradbury, G. Clegg, S. Kerschbaum, P. Kinecheloe, and T. Stremlau. “A Response to Robinson … Chaucer and Deafland.”]

Bauman, H-D.L., J.L. Nelson, and H.M. Rose, eds. Signing the Body Poetic: Essays on American Sign Language Literature. Berkeley: U California P, 2006. [Some premodern contexts]

Bychowski, M.W. Transliterature: Things Transform, A Center for the Study of Transgender and Disability, Medieval & Post-Medieval. Davis, L.D., ed., with J. Dolmage, N. Ervelles, S.P. Harris, A. Luft, S. Schweik, and Linda Ware. Beginning With Disability: A Primer. Routledge, 2018. [NB: S. Kornhaber and L.S. Mayer, “The Ethics of Hodor: Disability in Game of Thrones”]

Eyler, J.R., ed. Disability in the Middle Ages: Reconsiderations and Reverberations (Ashgate, 2010).

Heller, K. and Akbari, S.C., eds. How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound (punctum books, 2019). [Disability-centered essays: A. Atiya, S. Bahr, K. Heller, J. Hsy] 

Howie, E. and A. Millett-Gallant, eds. Disability and Art History (Routledge, 2016). [second volume forthcoming with more pre 19th century articles]

Godden, R.H., and A.S. Mittman, eds. Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World (Palgrave, 2019). [Race and disability: M. Lewis, A. Montroso, S. Rajendran, K. Steel]

Godden, R.H., and J. Hsy. “Analytical Survey: Encountering Disability in the Middle Ages.” New Medieval Literatures 15 (2015): 313-39. [engages crip/queer theory]

Godden, R.H., and J. Hsy. “Universal Design and Its Discontents.” Disrupting the Digital Humanities, eds. Stommel and D. Kim (punctum books, 2017). 

Green, M.H., and J. Hsy. “Disability, Disease, and a Global Middle Ages.” Teaching a Global Middle Ages, ed. Heng (MLA, forthcoming).

Hobgood A.P., and D.H. Wood. Recovering Disability in Early Modern England (Ohio State UP, 2013).

Hsy, J., T.V. Pearman, and J.R. Eyler. “Introduction: Disabilities in Motion.” A Cultural History of Disability in the Middle Ages (Bloomsbury, 2020). [NB Spencer-Hall, “Chronic Pain and Illness: Reinstating Chronic-Crip Histories to Forge Affirmative Disability Futures”]

James, J.C., and C. Wu. “Editors’ Introduction: Race, Ethnicity, Disability, and Literature: Intersections and Interventions.” MELUS 31.3 (2006): 3-13.

Johnson, M.L., and R. McRuer, eds. Special Issues: “Cripistemologies” (Part 1 and Part 2). Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies Vol. 8, Issues 2-3 (2014).

Kafer, A., and E. Kim. “Disability and the Edges of Intersectionality.” Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability, eds. C. Barker and S. Murray (Cambridge UP, 2017), pp. 123-38.

Kim, Y., and D. Seidenspinner-Núñez. “Historicizing Teresa: Reflections on New Documents Regarding Sor Teresa de Cartagena.” La corónica 32.2 (Spring 2004): 121-50.

Massie, P.J., and L.S. Mayer. “Bringing Elsewhere Home: A Song of Fire and Ice’s Ethics of Disability.” Studies in Medievalism XXIII (2014): 45-59.

McNabb, C.H., ed. Bibliography: Disability in the Global Middle Ages. Posted on the Medieval Disability Glossary (Society for the Study of Disability in the Middle Ages), November 2020. 

McNabb, C.H., ed. Medieval Disability Sourcebook: Western Europe (punctum books, 2020). 

Mitchell, D.T., and S.L. Snyder. Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (U Michigan P, 2000).

Orlemanski, J. and J. Hsy, co-facilitators. “Race and Medieval Studies: A Partial Bibliography.” postmedieval 8.4 (2017): 500-31.  [Includes some disability-related materials]

Porter, C., K. Walter, and M. Healy, eds. Prosthesis in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (Routledge, 2018). [originally in Textual Practice; reprinted with Afterwords: J. Hsy, D. Wills]

Singer, J.S. “Cluster Editor’s Introduction: Disability and the Social Body.” postmedieval 3 (2012): 135-41. 

Tracy, K.G., and J.P. Sexton, eds. The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist (punctum books, 2018). [NB: C. Rydel, J.P. Sexton, A. Spencer-Hall]

Tracy, K.G., and J.P. Sexton, eds. The Ashgate Research Companion to Medieval Disability Studies (forthcoming).

Williams, Scott M., ed. Disability in Medieval Christian Philosophy and Theology. Routledge, 2020.

Variously Related Works: 

Betancourt, R. Byzantine Intersectionality: Sexuality, Gender, and Race in the Middle Ages (Princeton UP, 2020).

Brueggemann, B.J. “Deaf, She Wrote: Mapping Deaf Women’s Autobiography.” PMLA 120.2 (2005); 577-83.

Dolmage, J.T. Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education (U Michigan P, 2017). 

Hsy, J. Antiracist Medievalisms: From “Yellow Peril” to Black Lives Matter (Arc Humanities, April 2021). [NB “Plague” chapter on queer solidarities among Chinese American and Jewish diaspora communities during the modern re-emergence of the bubonic plague in the early 1900s]

Hsy, J. “Disability.” Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature, eds. Hillman and Maude (Cambridge UP, 2015), pp. 24-40.

Hsy, J. “The Monk’s Tale: Disability/Ability” (revised September 2017). The Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales, eds. C. Barrington, B.L. Bryant, R.H. Godden, D.T. Kline, and Seaman. 

Krummel, M.A. “Am I MS?” Disability in Language and Culture, eds. J.C. Wilson and C. Lewiecki-Wilson (Southern Illinois UP, 2001), pp. 61-77.

Lau, T.C.W. “On Virality, Corona or Otherwise.” Synapsis, 15 May 2020. 

Pickens, T.A., ed. Special Issue: Blackness & Disability. African American Review 50.2 (Summer 2017). 

Piepzna-Samarasinha, L.L. Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018). 

Price, M. Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (U Michigan P, 2011). 

Rambaran-Olm, M. “‘Black Death’ Matters: A Modern Take on a Medieval Pandemic.” Medium, 5 June 2020. 

Richardson, K.L. “New Evidence for Early Modern Ottoman and Arabic and Turkish Sign Systems.” Sign Language Studies 17.2 (2017): 172-92.

Richardson, K.L. “Islam and Disabilities.” Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies, ed. Rippin (Oxford UP, 2015). 

Richardson, K.L. “Disability? Perspectives on Bodily Difference from the Middle East.” In Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice, eds. C. Chazelle, S. Doubleday, F. Lifshitz, and A.G. Remensnyder (Routledge, 2011), pp. 121-29.

Sayers, E.E. [fka L. Bragg]. [Numerous works across Medieval Studies, Deaf Studies, and Disability Studies]

Sheppard, A. “After Words” [Conference on Disability Studies and the University]. PMLA 120 (2005): 637-41.