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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Literary and Cultural Disability Studies: An Exploration

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam

Overview

Like other human conditions, disability offers a unique vantage position in the understanding of cultural expressions such as literature, folklore, and film. Such a vantage position derives from disability’s capacity to offer novel frameworks for interpreting academic institutions such as literary criticism. Why that should be the case?Human capacities, abilities, vulnerabilities, and a spectrum of sentiments determine how long, and in what direction an idea travels. Likewise, conditions such as madness may instill newer narrative dispersions that one can ill afford to ignore. Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (LCDS) is the most appropriate forum for examining such narrative maneuverings. That said, LCDS is much more than that. For example, as a lens for exploring literary and cultural arrangements, LCDS may aid us in addressing the following questions differently:1 The canon question.2 The art of interpretation involving text and contexts.3 The multilingual question. To comprehend the enduring connect between disability politics and the multilingual question, we have an elaborate workshop on Indian Sign Language (ISL). And4 Interdisciplinarity and the problem of accommodation.An engagement with these questions renders LCDS as a sequel to my introductory course on Disability Studies. Students pursuing masters in literature, culture, and social sciences broadly may appreciate the diversity of content in this course. For those who are pursuing doctoral and postdoctoral research, this course may come handy too. It hosts lectures and conversations on methods, frameworks, and approaches concerning culture, language, and politics. In sum, students from humanities and social sciences may relish myriad cultural debates surrounding disability, as much as its treatment as an interpretative method.INTENDED AUDIENCE : 1. Students pursuing Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences; 2. Scholars engaged in doctoral and postdoctoral research in Literature and Cultural StudiesPRE-REQUISITES : NILLINDUSTRY SUPPORT : NILL

Syllabus

Week 1:Disability and the literary canon
Week 2:Disability and the literary canon
Week 3:Disability and the literary canon
Week 4:Disability and the problem of interpretation Week 5:Disability and the problem of interpretation
Week 6:Disabilities and the genre question
Week 7:Disability and the translation question
Week 8:Disability’s interplay with diverse schools of thought in literary studies
Week 9:Disability’s interplay with diverse schools of thought in literary studies
Week 10:Disability, film, folklore, and theatre
Week 11:Disability, film, folklore, and theatre
Week 12:Conclusion

Taught by

Prof. Hemachandran Karah

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