Week 2: Tues, Feb 9th
- Read acts 1-5 of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet [content notice (hereafter “cn”): ableism, depression, misogyny, murder, suicide]
- Optional: watch acts 1-5 of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2009 production of Hamlet, starring David Tennant
- Optional: If you’d like a contemporary English translation of the play to read alongside the original, check out No Fear Shakespeare.
- Read: Charlotte Smith,”Sonnet:On Being Cautioned Against Walking on an Headland Overlooking the Sea, BecauseIt Was Frequented by a Lunatic” (1783)
- Read William Blake, “The Tyger” (1794)
- Read William Wordsworth, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (1807/1815)
- Read Laurie Block’s “Stereotypes About People With Disabilities”
- Read Jay Dolmage’s “An Archive and Anatomy of Disability Myths” (book)
- Optional: Read They Say / I Say, xiii-xxiii, 1-18.
In class (synchronous) and on our course site (asynchronous):
- Discuss Hamlet.
- Term clarification: Medieval and Renaissance (Early Modern)
- ADHD and delayed choices
- Key terms: Normativity, Neurotypical, Neurodiverse/divergent
- Visual texts of Ophelia:
- Key performance clips:
Week 3: Tues, Feb 16th
- Read roughly the first half of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein before class. [cn: ableism, corpses, murder]
- Read John Keats, “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles” (1817)
- Read Percy Shelley, “Ozymandias” (1818)
- Read “Keywords, Disability” and “Keywords, Human”
- Optional: read They Say / I Say, 187-204
- Optional: Browse the MLA Style Guide at Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Week 4: Tues, Feb 23rd
- Read the second half of Shelley’s Frankenstein before class.
- Read Anna Letitia Barbauld, “Life” (1825)
- Read Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Mariana” (1830)
- Optional: read They Say / I Say, 30-42
- Optional: Read sample essays by Delaney, Smith, and Taylor.
- If you haven’t already, sign up for an online Teams text-chat conference for next week here.
- If you haven’t already, start drafting your First Project.
Week 5: Tues, Mar 2nd NO CLASS
Instead, sign up for an online, one-on-one conference here. Instructions are at the link.
Before our meeting:
- No weekly questions due this week!
- Read Barker and Murray’s “Introduction: On Reading Disability in Literature”
- Get as much work done on your rough draft of your First Project as you can. You don’t need to be done, but the more you have finished, the more we can discuss.
- Optional: read They Say / I Say, 43-52