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123232 AR Literature Course (interactive) (2018S)

Contemporary Disability and Mental Illness Autobiographies by British Women (B)

1.50 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

in preparation

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 03.05. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 17.05. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 07.06. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 14.06. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 21.06. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 28.06. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The last decades have seen by an upsurge of autobiographical writing by disabled persons. This seminar will focus on British women’s disability and mental illness memoirs from the 21rst century. We will analyse narrative structures and investigate the ways in which the texts address and challenge stereotypes regarding disabled women, normative conceptions of health as well as manifestations of ableism and mentalism in medical discourse and in society as a whole (especially in popular and social media).
In the first part of the seminar, we will discuss the broader subject of disability as a new category in cultural and literary studies as well as disability autobiographies as a new genre. In the second part, we will analyse specific autobiographical texts written by disabled women with different disabilities and from different social backgrounds. We will concentrate on the ways in which the texts negotiate body images as well as experiences of shame and humiliation.

Assessment and permitted materials

Presentation, short written assignments, exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance, active participation in class and on moodle, completion of assignments.

Examination topics

Reading list

Please acquire or borrow:
Joanne Limburg: The Woman Who Thought Too Much. A Memoir of Obsession and Compulsion (2010)
Katie Green: Lighter Than my Shadow (2013) graphic memoir
Francesca Martinez: What the **** Is Normal? (2014)

All critical literature will be provided at the beginning of the seminar.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344;
Code/Modul: UF4.2.4-323; FW
Lehrinhalt: 12-3230

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