“Psychographics: Graphic Memoirs and Psychiatric Disability”

Elizabeth Donaldson juxtaposes the linkage of psychosis and violence in the superhero comics tradition with representations of mental illness in contemporary graphic memoirs. This new tradition of illness memoirs in comics helps to make a maligned disability experience (psychosis) publicly legible in innovative and potentially liberating ways.


Selected Publications

Beyond A Beautiful Mind: Schizophrenia and Bioethics in the Classroom,” Disability Studies Quarterly, special issue, “Interventions in Disability Studies Pedagogy,” 35.3 (Spring 2015).

Psychomimesis: LSD and Disability Immersion Experiences of Schizophrenia,” Disability Studies Quarterly, special issue, “Madness and Disability Studies,” Vol. 33.1 (January 2013).

“Disability and Emotion: ‘There’s no crying in disability studies!’” with Catherine Prendergast, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Vol. 5.2 (2011): 129-35.

Lauren Slater’s Lying: Metaphorical Memoir and Pathological Pathography,Gender Forum, special issue “Literature and Medicine II: Women in the Medical Profession: Personal Narratives,” Vol. 26 (2009).

“Transforming How Doctors are Trained: Dissonance and Harmony in Medical Humanities,” Interdisciplinary Humanities, Vol. 25.1 (Spring 2008): 26-32.

Moby Web: Teaching Melville Online,” Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Vol. 1.2 (Spring 2007).

The Psychiatric Gaze: Deviance and Disability in Film,” Atenea, special issue on “The Discourse of Disability,” Vol. 25.1 (June 2005): 31-48.

“’Handing Back Shame’: Incest and Sexual Confession in Sapphire’s Push,” Transgression and Taboo: Critical Essays, eds. Vartan Messier and Nandita Batra, College English Association, 2005. 51-59.

“Lowell and the Unknown Ladies: The Caryatides Talk Back,” Amy Lowell: American Modern, eds. Adrienne Munich and Melissa Bradshaw, Rutgers UP, 2004. 27-42.

“The Corpus of the Madwoman: Toward a Feminist Disability Studies Theory of Embodiment and Mental Illness,” NWSA Journal, special issue on Feminist Disability Studies, ed. Kim Q. Hall, Vol. 14.3 (Fall 2002): 99-119. (peer reviewed).