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Disability Narratives

ENGL 105.601
W 6-9:00
fulfills requirements:
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Sector IV: Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences of the College's General Education Curriculum


This course introduces students to key questions, theories, and topics in disability studies. We will consider how literary and filmic narratives perpetuate and challenge stereotypes of the disabled as abnormal, infirm, or infantile. How is disability imagined and reimagined by both narratives about the disabled and narratives by disabled people? Course texts will include not only poetry and novels which feature disabled characters, but also autobiographical writings and essays by disabled writers and activists.