English 175

Literature and Disability

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2012 Kleege, Georgina
MW 4-5:30 122 Wheeler

Book List

Barker, P.: Regeneration; Dunn, K.: Geek Love; Finger, A.: Call Me Ahab; Friel, B.: Molly Sweeney; Lewis, V.A.: Beyond Victims and Villains; Medoff, M.: Children of a Lesser God; Shakespeare, W. : Richard III

Other Readings and Media

A selection of short fiction will be available on b-space.


We will examine the ways disability is depicted in a diverse range of texts.  Sometimes disability is used as a metaphor or symbol of something else.  In other cases, texts explore disability as a lived experience.  We will analyze the representation of disability as it intersects with other cultural factors such as gender, class, race, economics, politics, etc. Through your close reading of these texts you will sharpen your critical thinking skills and develop methods to analyze representations of disability in other texts, films, popular culture, and public policy.  Assignments will include two 5-8 page papers, a take-home final exam and a group presentation project.

This is a core course for the Disability Studies Minor.

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