Lazyweb, do my homework for me!
Many of us can rattle off a list of feminist books that influenced our thinking, a list to answer the recurring feminism-101 question about reading lists.
I haven’t a clue about radical disability activism and rights reading lists, though. What are the formative works in the field? What should everyone have read at least a chapter or two from? Which are the anti-ableist pull-quotes that spring to everyone’s lips?
Extra special bonus points if what you suggest is available in the WA State Library system. Searching on “disability” in my local library gives only one really likely-looking result, “Disability in Australia : exposing a social apartheid” by Gerard Goggin and Christopher Newell, and it’s been pulled to not-for-loan in Joondalup for some reason. I’m not up to going up there and sitting up long enough to read it from the Reference section.
Edit April 13, 2009. I’ve started to compile the recommendations made in comments. Please keep them coming, and feel free to spread the meme to your own blogging networks. Asterisks mark authors who received more than one recommendation.
Paul K Longmore, Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability
Fleischer, Doris Zames and Freida Zames: The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation
Bayton, Douglas C. Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign Against Sign Language: 1847 – 1920. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Burch, Susan. Signs of Resistance: American Deaf Cultural History 1900 to World War II. New York: New York University Press, 2002.
* Miriam Kaufman, Cory Silverberg and Fran Odette. The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: for All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain and Illness
Book Girl suggests:
Her LibraryThing list
Deus ex Macintosh suggests:
Jenny Morris, Pride Against Prejudice, ISBN 0-7043-4286-3, and possibly Morris’ Encounters with Strangers: Feminism and Disability
* Susan Wendell, The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability, ISBN-10: 0415910471/ISBN-13: 978-0415910477
* Tom Shakespeare, Disability Rights and Wrongs, ISBN-10: 041534719X/ISBN-13: 978-0415347198
Rosemary Crossley and Anne McDonald, Annie’s Coming Out
Wildly Parenthetical suggests:
Lennard Davis, Enforcing Normalcy (introductory text on concept of the normal)
Rod Michalko, The Difference that Disability Makes: (acquired disability and adjustment)
Michael Oliver Understanding Disability (social model of disability)
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love (fiction)
David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder, Narrative Prosthesis, The Cultural Location of Disability and The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability
Margrit Shildrick: Vital Signs and Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self (theory)
Lennard Davis’ collection, The Disability Studies Reader (excerpts/sampler)
University of Arizona “Criplit” resource list
John Hockenberry , Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence (memoir)
** Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Extraordinary Bodies, and other works
Joseph P. Shapiro, No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement
Eli Clare, Exile and Pride
Jesse the K suggests:
the Electric Edge archive, final incarnation of a newprint magazine that began life as the Ragged Edge (US-centric)
Mary Johnson, Make Them Go Away (editor of the Edge)
Julie Shaw Cole, Getting Life (how women are turned against each other in the circle of caring and “caring.”)
Cal Montgomery, Critic of the Dawn (response to Martha Nussbaum)
Simi Linton, Claiming
Disability (balance of theory and everyday activism, out of print but available via