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    Vassar College
  Feb 21, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ENGL 218 - Literature, Gender, and Sexuality

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as WMST 218 ) Topic for 2017/18a: Gender, Sexuality, Disability. This course examines the intersecting categories of disability and gender, both in social constructions of disability and in the lived experiences of disabled people. We explore how disability is gendered, and how it intersects with race, class, and sexuality in both historical and contemporary contexts. We examine representations of disability, and the self-representations of disabled people, in a variety of literary forms and media, including poetry, essays, memoirs, comics, photography, film, and performance pieces.  We also attend to our own changing understandings of disability as the course progresses. Disability in this course is defined broadly, to include all the ways in which bodies and minds are construed as different from medical or cultural norms. Leslie Dunn.

Two 75-minute periods.

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