Instructor: Glaser MWF 10:10 AM – 11:05 AM
What is disability? How have ideas about disability influenced ideas about identity and power in the U.S.? How have writers, thinkers, and filmmakers responded to and represented disability throughout history, but especially during the 20th and 21st century? We will explore these literary and cultural questions, as well as many more, via the work of Carson McCullers, Toni Morrison, Lucy Grealy, Hellen Keller, as well as through the cultural history of disability from the freak show and eugenics to the Americans with Disabilities Act and disability rights activism.