C LIT 496 A: Special Studies In Comparative Literature

What is “disability”?

Course Flyer: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: 
THO 119
SLN: 
11767
Instructor:
José Alaniz

What is “disability”?  What is “health”?  What is “normal”?  What is a “body”?  This course will examine how these questions have historically been answered in Russia and its cultural productions involving disability, focusing on 19th -21st -century literature and art.  Among our topics:  the grotesque, the “holy fool” and  the “cult of suffering.”  We conclude with a consideration of the disabled in late/post-Soviet Russia – a (still-ongoing) historical moment in which discourses of disability have reached unprecedented levels – and ponder the future of disability rights in Russia. 

Catalog Description: 
Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Elective
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5
Status: 
Withdrawn
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:21am