This seminar explores Latin@ American literature through the framework of disability studies, an interdisciplinary field that interrogates disability as it is socially constructed while seeking out alternative/non-ableist politics and aesthetics. With an emphasis on 20th- and 21st-century Latin American fiction, but also considering poetry and intermedial work as well as works by U.S. Latin@ authors, we will pay particular attention to how bodies are represented in literature, and to how literature can model new social bodies.
Primary readings may include literary texts by authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Bellatin, Lina Meruane, Matías Celedón, Gloria Anzaldúa, Carmen Lyra, Aurora Levins Morales, Pedro Pietri, and Rita Indiana Hernández. Critical readings may include essays from Susan Antebi's recently published edited volume Latin American Literature and Film through Disability Studies, as well as works by scholars such as Tobin Siebers, David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder, Robert McRuer, Lennard J. Davis, Ato Quayson, Christopher Bell, Alison Kafer, and Suzanne Bost. Assignments may include a short midterm paper, regular contributions to a course blog, and a final creative-critical project. There will also be screenings and special visitors.