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Medieval Disability Studies
ENGL 366
Spring 2013 not offered

Medieval representations of disability offer a surprising range of responses to extraordinary or "abnormal" bodies, from admiration to horror. The physical frame is often portrayed as having a porous relationship to the world around it as well as reflecting the character within. Many times, the body is in the process of transforming, raising questions about a static, contained definition of the self. This course will consider a range of literary texts that explore disability, including BEOWULF, WONDERS OF THE EAST, Norse sagas, Irish tales including sections of the TAIN, the LAIS of Marie de France, and ending with early modern works such as A LARUM FOR LONDON and RICHARD III. We will examine these texts through interdisciplinary lenses, including medieval medical and philosophical texts as well as modern writers on disability such as Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Lennard J. Davis, and Shelley Tremain.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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