Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Blog post #5: Individual Reflection

Well, it's that time of year... the one where things come to an end (cue sniffling).

Use this post to reflect on the process of collaborating on your final project, as well as where you see yourself now vs. where you saw yourself at the beginning of the quarter. How has your understanding of disability and disability studies changed (or not changed)?

Also, you might reflect on any of the questions from the final project assignment sheet. How did your group choose to approach the question What is disability studies? What theories or narratives did you include in your project? What challenges did you encounter in creating your project?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Blog post #4: Autism memoir

Use this post as an opportunity to reflect on, and respond to, the autism memoir that you've read. Do provide some brief background information for those who haven't read your book, but use most of your post to consider what this memoir has to say about disability, or what it contributes to the larger realm of Disability Studies. Some points you might consider in your response:
  • What does the writer want us to learn about autism/disability?
  • How are these stories different from (or similar to) the other personal stories about disability that we've encountered?
  • How might you tie this book back to the discussions we’ve been having in class? What did you get out of this book?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Blog carnivaling, part deux

A photo of an Ethos brand water bottle on a bookshelf.
By now you've all posted your blog carnivals and maps -- and you've also had an opportunity to talk with several of your peers about their findings and ideas. But the carnival can't end until we take a moment to see what others have done for their final carnival posts.

Read one blog carnival entry -- preferably from someone who's draft you didn't read -- and with a partner or two, consider the following questions:
  • What can we learn from these individual bloggers/blog entries about disability? 
  • What can we learn about personal narrative and lived experience?
  • What does this particular, themed carnival that you're reading (complete with map!) teach us?
Once you've discussed these questions, leave a comment for the person. You can do this as one big group comment (sign all of your names) or as separate, individual comments.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Blog carnivaling

So, your final drafts of your blog carnivals are due by class one week from today: Monday, May 17.

I'd like you to submit your final versions via your blog. Create a new blog post, title it, make it pretty, etc. And also be sure to link back to the blog posts that you end up summarizing. You can do this by copying and pasting the URLs below or above your write-ups -- or you can do something fancy, like this, and link words in your text. Just make sure that we can all visit the original blogs somehow.

Finally: be sure to include your map somewhere in your carnival post.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Blog post #3: Multiple Perspectives

A subway sign, in French, that shows stick figures giving up their seats for people with disabilities and pregnant women.
Wednesday's class is canceled, and we'll all be attending different sessions at the Multiple Perspectives conference this week. Please use this blog post to recap your experiences at the conference.
  • Which session(s) did you attend? 
  • What was the session about, and what did you learn? 
  • In what ways did the session overlap with our discussions and readings from class? (e.g., You might think about how our theoretical readings helped you to better understand or re-see the session. Or you might think about the personal narratives we've encountered -- the DALN videos, Brueggemann, Hershey, or Mossman.)

Monday, April 19, 2010

In-class writing, 4/19: Linton & Murderball

During our brief class discussion of Murderball last week, someone raised an interesting question: Where does Simi Linton come in?

And so, fellow 277 people, I'd like you to muse on this question. Where does Linton fit into Murderball? (And, okay, okay: you can also talk about where you feel Linton doesn't fit in.)

It might help to think about a variety of themes and social structures here, many of which you referenced Wednesday: think personally/individually, culturally, socially, medically, politically, historically. It might (or might not!) even help to think about the Laura Hershey piece you read for today, a political and personal narrative.

Finally: comment on someone else's post, preferably a blog you haven't commented on before. What themes are they noticing? How Lintonesque (new word!) do they feel Murderball is or isn't?

A screen capture of the SMART board notes from class. The background is a computer desktop, and there is digital writing in blue, red, and green that describes various DS topics and authors, such as Simi Linton, ableism, rhetorics, masculinity, and so forth.Class notes from 4/14

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Blog post #2: The gaze

Disability aesthetics refuses to recognize the representation of the healthy body— and its definition of harmony, integrity, and beauty—as the sole determination of the aesthetic. It is not a matter of representing the exclusion of disability from aesthetic history, since such an exclusion has not taken place, but of making the influence of disability obvious.

-- Tobin Siebers, p. 64, "Disability Aesthetics"
So, here's the deal: I'd like you to find a visual artifact (e.g., a newspaper photo, an advertisement, a youtube video, a book cover) that deals with disability in some way and analyze it using the frameworks provided by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson and Tobin Siebers, respectively. (Also: Either embed your image/artifact, or provide us with a link or description.)

Consider the following in your analysis: What disability rhetorics (wondrous, exotic, sentimental, realist) do you see? What are the implications of these rhetorics? That is, who are they meant to persuade, and in what ways do they, as Lennard Davis might suggest, enforce normalcy? And finally, what might Sieber say? Do you notice a disability aesthetic at work? Why and how?