Medieval Disability Studies|
Spring 2014 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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Beowulf, Wonders of the East, Norse sagas, Irish tales including sections of the Tain, the lais of Marie de France, A Larum for London, and Richard III
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Research Essay (12+ pages)
Short Annotated Bibliography
2 Short Essays (6+ pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History 1 and Literature of Difference major requirement and contributes to the British Literature concentration requirements of the English major.
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