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First-Year Writing Seminar: Disability Arts & Culture

Semester and Year FA 2017
Course Number FIRST-UG419
Section 001
Instructor Kevin Gotkin
Days MW
Time 6:20 PM - 7:35 PM
Units 4
Level U


Open to Gallatin first-year students only.


The last few decades have seen the emergence of disability as a game-changing social analytic. By foregrounding the generative possibilities of non-normative forms, disability studies has offered profound insight into long-held conceptions of time, embodiment, environment, and difference. Activists and academics alike have drawn upon disability art and culture in order to expand the category and to realize material improvement in the lives of people with disabilities. In this course, we will understand writing as a form of access and we will use many forms of disability art (visual, aural, performative, digital) to develop key modes of textual expression (personal, descriptive, analytical, critical). Over the course of the semester, students will construct rigorous, complicated ideas about disability through a series of essays that will serve as the training ground for critical writing skills. We will consider the work of Riva Lehrer, Sunaura Taylor, William Pope.L, Park McArthur, and Judith Scott as well as many theoretical and scholarly texts.


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First-Year Program: Writing Seminars (FIRST-UG)