Talks and Selected Publications


“’Cripping’ Graphic Medicine: Drawing Out the Public Sphere,” Humanities Center Symposium, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. October 2019.

  • Lecture: “‘Cripping’ Graphic Medicine: Psychiatric Disability, ‘Crip’ Culture, and the Health Humanities,” 29 October 2019. [On the genres of health humanities and graphic medicine and the foundational presence of psychiatric disability work in biographical comics, beginning with Justin Green’s Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary.]
  • Workshop: “Graphic Memoirs and Psychiatric Disability,” 30 October 2019.

“Psychographics: Graphic Memoirs and Psychiatric Disability”

This talk 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

“Mental Health Issues: Alienists, Asylums, and the Mad,” A Cultural History of Disability in the Long Nineteenth Century, eds. Joyce Huff and Martha Stoddard Holmes. A Cultural History of Disability, vol. 5. Bloomsbury Press, 2020. 149-168.

The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability, with David Bolt and Julia Miele Rodas. Ohio State University Press, 2012. Paperback edition, 2015.

“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).

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

“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.