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Chris Gabbard earned his M.A. at San Francisco State University in 1993 and his doctorate at Stanford University in 1999. Since 2001, he has taught at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he is now Professor of English. He teaches courses in British Enlightenment (eighteenth-century) literature, disability studies in the Humanities, and creative nonfiction.

His work has appeared in PMLA, Eighteenth-Century Studies, SEL, ELN, Restoration, The Disability Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and elsewhere. He is also the co-editor (with Susannah B. Mintz) of The Cultural History of Disability in the Long Eighteenth Century Bloomsbury, 2020.

Currently, he is editing a collection of critical essays, Discourses of Care / Ethics of Care.

Here are three samples of his work:

“From Custodial Care to Caring Labor: The Discourse of Who Cares in Jane Eyre,” The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability, edited by David Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas, and Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Ohio State University Press, 2012, 91-110.  Download

“‘A Defect in the Mind’: Cognitive Ableism in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels,” Intellectual Disability: A Conceptual History 1200-1900, edited by Patrick McDonagh, Christopher Goodey, and Thomas Stainton, Manchester University Press, 2018, 104-127. Download

“From ‘Changelings’ to ‘Libtards’: Intellectual Disability in the Eighteenth Century and Beyond.” Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability, edited by Alice Hall, Routledge, 2020, 97-107. Download

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