Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

"Her Pronouns Wax and Wane": Psychosocial Disability, Autobiography, and Counter-Diagnosis

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (2009), 3, (1), 11–33.


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The article analyzes autobiographical narratives written by persons with psychosocial disabilities; it argues that such narratives can refigure conventional assumptions of autobiography through a strategy designated counter-diagnosis. Drawing upon a hybrid methodology that combines disability studies with critical discourse analysis, the article conducts a close reading of the narratives' uses of pronouns in order to highlight their counter-diagnostic strategies. The conclusion is that, although we must pay attention to the problems that have characterized much disability autobiography, recognition of these narratives' creatively disruptive strategies can lead us toward a context in which all of us—psychosocially disabled or not—can better tell our stories on our own terms.

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Price, Margaret