Academic profile

Chris Gabbard earned his B.A. and M.A. at San Francisco State University and his Ph.D. at Stanford. He now teaches courses in British Enlightenment literature, Disability Studies in the Humanities, and creative nonfiction at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. His work has appeared in PMLA, Eighteenth Century Studies, SEL, Restoration, and The Disability Studies Quarterly.

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Chris is the co-editor (with Susannah B. Mintz) of The Cultural History of Disability in the Long Eighteenth Century (Bloomsbury, December 2019). He also is the author of A Life Beyond Reason: A Father’s Memoir (Beacon, May 2019).

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He has published chapters on cognitive ableism in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (in Intellectual Disability: A Conceptual History 1200-1900 [Manchester UP, 2018]) and on the ethics of caregiving in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (in The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability [Ohio State UP, 2010]).

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He contributed the entry “Human” in Keywords For Disability Studies (New York University Press, 2015). Forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability is his chapter “From ‘Changelings’ to ‘Libtards’: Intellectual Disability in the Eighteenth Century and Beyond.” Forthcoming as well is his chapter “Disability and Medicine in the Literature of the British Enlightenment” (in Literature and the History of Medicine [Cambridge University Press]).

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He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and he currently is assembling a collection of scholarly essays tentatively titled: “Representations of Care / Ethics of Care.”

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