112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Disability in American Literature I

Session Chair: 
Lina Geriguis, Chapman University
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 2


  1. Samantha Allen, Texas Christian University
      Although African Americans account for almost half of the HIV infections in America, few HIV memoirs are written by African Americans. My paper, through an exploration of HIV memoirs, will examine how race and disability are double markers of difference and how the discrimination against those with both markers is still prevalent in today’s society.
  2. Monica Orlando, Case Western Reserve University
    Because of the socially-constructed nature of the category of “autism,” autoethnographic writing about autistic identity and experience can play a significant role in giving voice to autistic people themselves in the construction of meaning about autism in social and cultural settings.  This paper examines several autobiographical texts by American autistic writers that I consider autoethnographic.  I argue that these texts perform important work by providing valuable insight into the cultural identities and relationships of individuals with autism.
  3. Jacklyn Martin, University of Memphis
    By looking at a range of children’s texts, this paper explores the outcomes of narratives with stereotypical, binary identities for disabled children, while also looking at how narrative can be used to generate fresh perspectives on the construction of identity.
  4. Ernest Hemingway constructs a liminal space with Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises.  Jake reaffirms his masculinity through action and agency, but he blurs the border among bodies with disabilities and nondisabled bodies.  I examine this blurring of borders, bodies, and identities using the methodologies of several disability studies scholars. 
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