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Spring 2017-2018
* ENG 398 / GSS 403 (LA)   na, npdf

The Disabled Body

Gayle Salamon

Whose bodies count as able? Whose lives are seen as livable? Whether stigmatized as an object of pity or hypervalorized as a symbol of heroic overcoming, the disabled body is everywhere in literature and culture. Nearly all of us will experience disability if we live for long enough, yet the presumption of able-bodiedness organizes our lives as subjects and citizens. We will read disability as it is represented in literature, memoir, theory, and law to consider disability as an embodied experience and a social category, paying special attention to how disability emerges from the intersection of natural and built environments.

Sample reading list:
Sophocles, Philoctete
Crosby, Christina, A Body, Undone
Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie, Staring
Lorde, Audre, The Cancer Journals
Taylor, Sunaura, Beasts of Burden
Clare, Eli, Brilliant Imperfection

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be intermittent two page response papers, one midterm paper in lieu of an exam (5-7 pages) and one final paper (10-12 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43387 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed