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Rocky Mountain Academic

amy.vidali@ucdenver.edu

 
   
 

Research

 

If you'd like to see more about my research and my complete record, read my CV.

Rhetorical Access: By this, I mean the way that certain texts invite or impede disability identities and perspectives. I am currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Rhetorical Access: Disability Identity in Rhetorical Texts. I have published two articles on the theme of rhetorical access, one of which focuses on disability identity in admissions essays and was published (in College English), while the other analyzes disability disclosure in letters of recommendation (in Rhetoric Review).

 

Disability, Theory, Plagiarism: Another stream of my research takes disability as a broader lens through which various rhetorical concepts/issues can be considered, such as metaphor and plagiarism. One of these articles, "Seeing What We Know: Disability and Theories of Metaphor" (in The Journal of Literacy and Cultural Disability Studies ) critiques the popular theories of Lakoff and Johnson and asks how the metaphor "knowing is seeing" in endemic to academic culture (and at what cost). I continued this work in an article entitled "Embodying/Disabling Plagiarism" (in JAC, which articulates a disability theory of plagiarism. My work on disability studies and basic writing, in the collection Disability and the Teaching of Writing, is also a theoretical exploration.

 

Rhetorics of Gastrointestinal Distress: Another area of my work, drawn from my own bodily experience, focuses on rhetorics of gastrointestinal (GI) distress, and is interested in understanding and critiquing medical rhetorics. Disability Studies Quarterly published my piece, "Out of Control: The Rhetoric of Gastrointestinal Disorders." I have also completed a historical look at the gendered rhetorical history of GI distress and disorder, "Hysterical Again: Gastrointestinal Rhetorics in Medical Discourse," published in the Journal of Medical Humanities.

 

Editorial Work

 

In the Pipeline Now

I'm currently working on my book, and an article on disability studies and writing program administration.

Before UCD

I completed my PhD in English Language and Literature at the University of Washington, and my dissertation is entitled, “‘Disabling’ Discourses: The Positioning of Disability Identity in Institutional Texts,” and was directed by Gail Stygall. Prior to attending the UW, I received my BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley. My experience is also informed by the raucous years between my undergraduate and graduate careers, when I worked at a mathematics textbook publisher, edited closed captioning for CNN, went to China for two weeks, got hired by a public relations firm and fired seven months later, worked the brunch shift at an Oakland restaurant, worked at Ned’s Bookstore in Berkeley, went to Europe for a summer, and for two glorious weeks, worked at a restaurant at the end of Ocean Beach Pier, the longest pier on the West Coast. And they say you can’t do anything with “just” an English degree.