Instructor: Cole T/Th 9:30am – 10:50am
Disability is sometimes called America’s “forgotten minority”: though about 19% of Americans reported having at least one disability in 2010, civil rights legislation was not passed to protect this group until the 1990s. In this class we’ll be discussing literature written by members of the disability community. We’ll be discussing the way non-normative bodies move through the world and learn about cultural narratives surrounding illness, physical and mental disability, and body positivity. To this end, we’ll read memoirs, novels, and poetry by authors like Stephen Kuusisto, Audre Lorde, Jillian Wiese, Lindy West, and more. You’ll learn to look at literature using a disability framework, and to think about your own body in new and compelling ways.