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Clare Mullaney

Clare Mullaney

Assistant Professor, Disability Rhetorics

Department of English
Office: 605 Strode

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; A.B., Bryn Mawr College

Curriculum Vitae


American Literature, American Literature II, Practice of Criticism, Literary Editing, Disability Narratives (undergrad and grad)

Research Interests
disability studies, nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. literature, material text studies, and reading methods

Clare Mullaney's research and teaching work at the intersection between nineteenth- and early twentieth-century U.S. literature, disability studies, and material text studies. Her book project, American Imprints: Disability and the Material Text, argues that acknowledging texts as made objects brings into focus how turn-of-the-century authors grapple with physical and mental impairments at the level of textual form. Her work has received awards from the American Antiquarian Society, the Emily Dickinson International Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the New York Public Library, the Society for Disability Studies, and the Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists. She is currently a junior member of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography and has previously taught at Bryn Mawr and Hamilton Colleges.


Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

"Cripistemologies of Memory: Dementia, Disappearance, and New Ways of Mourning." Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Forthcoming.

“Accessing Book History: The Crip Editorial Project.” Teaching the History of the Book, ed. Matteo Pangallo and Emily Todd, University of Massachusetts Press. Forthcoming.

"Reimagining Classroom Participation in the Era of Disability Justice and COVID-19." Pedagogy. 23.1 (2023): 51-68.

"Extra Consciousness, Extra Limbs: Automatic Writing and Disabled Authorship.” Special Issue, “Senses with/out Subjects,” American Literature. 95.3 (2023): 487-512.

“No Pity: Mary Wilkins Freeman, Disability, and the ‘Tears of Things.’” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 78.3 (2022): 61-85.

“Feminist Disability Studies and the Problem of Recovery.” Gender in American Literature and Culture, ed. Jean Lutes and Jennifer Travis, Cambridge University Press. April 2021, pp. 316-331.

“‘Not to Discover Weakness is the Artifice of Strength’: Emily Dickinson, Constraint, and a Disability Poetics.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. 7.1 (2019): 49-81.

“Emily Dickinson, Disability, and Crip Editorial Theory,” The New Emily Dickinson Studies, ed. Michelle Kohler, Cambridge University Press. May 2019, pp. 280-298.


"The Social Advantage of Pockets." Object Lessons Series, The Atlantic. December 21, 2016.

“The shift online has finally made space for disabled students.” Times Higher Education. February 8, 2021.

Reviews & Interviews

“‘Our Hands’: Reading with DeafBlind Poet John Lee Clark.” Public Books. May 4, 2023.

"Antisociality and Neuroqueerness." M. Remi Yergeau’s Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 26.2 (2020): 355-357.

“Disability Studies: Foundations and Key Concepts.” JSTOR Daily. April 13, 2019.

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