Drawing on the work of rhetorician Jim Corder and disability theorist Tobin Siebers, I analyze two rhetorical artifacts, each one exemplifying a different conception of what mental illness is and how people can best recover from it. These competing conceptions …
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In November 2013, I presented my paper "Jared Loughner and the Rhetoric of Mental Disability" at the 24th annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA). I sat on the Mental Illness in Popular Culture panel in the Disability Studies area.
From March-August 2013, I worked with Dr. Jenny Jacovitch on the Jim Corder Digital Archive. I delved into the posthumous papers of the late rhetorician Jim Corder to sort, tag, and write abstracts for dozens of artifacts.
In May 2013, the James Madison University Women's and Gender Studies program recognized my paper "Mammies and Memoirs" with a Feminist Scholarship Award.
An earlier draft of my paper "Jared Loughner and the Rhetoric of Mental Disability" won 2nd place in the 2012-2013 Madison Writing Awards for research essays.
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