Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Disability and the Emotions

No crying in disability studies, that was the rule set by Joseph Shapiro’s No Pity in 1993, only to be broken a few years later by Elizabeth J. Donaldson (New York Institute of Technology) and Catherine Prendergast (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) at the 2000 MLA conference. In the decade that followed there was a proliferation of work on emotion, especially affect, which culminated in Donaldson and Prendergast’s Representing Disability and Emotion, a themed issue of JLCDS published in 2011. Since then the CCDS has engaged with the subject of emotion recurrently, one example being the seminar series Disability and the Emotions (most of which is available via the CCDS YouTube channel).