MTS 15: Disability in literature & writing about life in a particular body with Rebeckah Taussig


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In this episode I talk with Rebekah Taussig, one of Under the Gum Tree’s previous contributors. Rebekah is a writer and teacher with her PhD in creative nonfiction and disability studies from the University of Kansas. She is interested in the powerful connection between the stories we tell and the tangible world we live in. You can find her essays in Under the Gum Tree and The Florida Review and can follow her flash-memoirs on her Instagram @sitting_pretty. Her essay “Reupholstered” appears in the October 2016 issue of Under the Gum Tree.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Wanting to make sense of the world through words
  • Disability stories in nineteenth century literature
  • The Moonstone and Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins
  • Responses of Rebekah's students in her high school disability and literature class
  • The challenge and discomfort engaging with "others," people who are different from we are
  • Rebekah's experience of transitioning to using a wheelchair as a child
  • Writing life stories that are shaped by Rebekah's experience with her body
  • Rebekah's memoir Do You Feel This: The Story of a Voice Lost and Reclaimed
  • Writing flash-flash memoir on Instagram
  • Visit Rebekah online at and follow her on Instagram @sitting_pretty

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