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2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook 
2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DSAB 627 - Disability and Narrative (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: None
This course focuses on the individual, cultural, social and political meanings of disability as seen through the eyes of people with disabilities themselves. It does so by studying powerfully and elegantly written memoirs and narratives by authors with different disabilities or those that have been intimately involved with those with disabilities. The course is divided into two parts. First, it explores some conceptual issues to help place “life writing” in a Disability Studies context. For instance, how do people with disabilities identify themselves? How is their identity perceived by society? What is “normal?” What types of discrimination do people with disabilities face? And second, this course reviews a number of narratives, focusing on these specific questions.