Gender Studies | Gender and Discourse: Disability Between Law and Culture
G701 | 5894 | Malti-Douglas, Fedwa

Disability between Law and Culture will investigate disability as it
intersects with gender, law, medicine, and culture. We will carry
out this investigation through reading and discussion of visual and
verbal texts. We will begin with the Americans with Disabilities Act
and continue by examining the relationship of physically handicapped
or otherwise marginalized individuals (male and females) and
society. Our analytical tools will come from studies on the body,
medicine, and gender, as well as recent works that reflect the
emerging field of disability studies. We will ask ourselves about
the nature of disability, its physiological or social construction,
the creation of discourses of disability, and how these discourses
intersect with larger discourses of law, medicine, sexuality, gender
and the body.