CFP: Disabilities in Literature (12/31/02; collection of essays)

full name / name of organization: 
John J. Han & Carol Austin

Note: This announcement replaces the call for papers for the volume originally entitled Intellectual Disabilities in Literature: Critical Essays (posted July 2012).

Previously unpublished critical essays are being sought for a new volume tentatively entitled Disabilities in Literature: Critical Essays. The federal definition for disabilities includes the following: emotional, speech and language (communication), physical, visual, deaf, autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury. There is another category called "Otherwise Health Impaired" that includes chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, leukemia, and sickle cell anemia.

The volume will consist of 15-20 critical essays which are divided into 3-5 thematic categories such as "Literary Representations of Disability in Literature," The Function of Characters with Disability,""Portrayal of Normality versus Disability in Literary Texts," and "Issues of Gender, Race, and Class in Impairments in Literature." (The section titles may change based on the types of papers we receive from our contributors.)

We welcome submissions from both literary scholars and nonliterary academics who have some background in literature and the humanities. Interested scholars should submit a 500-word abstract and a professional vita, as e-mail attachments, to John J. Han ( by December 31, 2012. Deadline for completed essays of 15-20 pages is June 1, 2013. We plan to finish editing accepted submissions by November 1, 2013.

John J. Han, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Creative Writing
Missouri Baptist University
St. Louis, MO 63141

Carol Austin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Counseling and Human Services
Missouri Baptist University
St. Louis, MO 63141