Through a series of critical essays this book concerns itself with the relationships and possibilities in and between "prose" and "disability". The critical and/or personal essays in this book all try to explore this potent inbetween space – a place full of possibilities. These prose pieces reflect on prose themselves as they stretch in an uneven yet interesting line from Hay’s ‘modern’ essay on deformity through nineteenth century literary and cultural sensibilities about working bodies, wars and "normalcy" and also through contemporary considerations over the role of metaphor as it marks the disabled body in critical-creative "personal" essays that pose even as they prose the considerable possibilities for disability as represented in and through prose.
This book was first published a special issue of Prose Studies.
1. Forward: Prosing the Possibilities Brenda Jo Brueggemann and Marian E Lupo 2. The Body’s Moments: Visible Disability, the Essay and the Limits of Sympathy Helen Deutsch 3. [A]ll in me is Nature: The Values of Deformity in William Hay’s Deformity: an Essay Kathleen James-Cavan 4. Duncan Campbell and the Discourses of Deafness Christopher Krentz 5. Those who cannot work: And Exploration of Disabled Men and Masculinity in Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London poor Sally Hayward 6. Reading a Life Between the Lines: Thérèse-Adéle Husson’s Reflections on Blindness Georgina Kleege 7. Cripple, Soldier, Crippled Soldier: Alfred Bellard’s Civil War Memoir William Etter 8. Phantom Pains: Disability Masculinity and the Normal in Vietnam War Representations Brenda. M. Boyle 9. Between the Valley and the Field: Metaphor and Disability Jay Dolmage 10. Fixated on Ability: Questioning Ableist Metaphors in Feminist Theories of Resistance Vivian M. May and Beth A. Ferri 11. Disability as Metaphor Whats Wrong with Lying? G. Thomas Couser 12. Walt Whitman’s ‘Specimen Days’ and The Discovery of the Disability Memoir Stephen Kuusisto 13. Reading Me/Me Reading Disability Mark Sherry 14. Becoming Svämï Kristina Torres 15. (Im)Patient Lynn Z. Bloom