ENG 101: This Disabled American Life
Callaway Center N203
By now it has become somewhat commonplace to recognize the ways that race, gender, sexuality, and/or class have structured American life. But it remains rare for anyone to pay sustained critical attention to the way that dis/ability has permeated and influenced all areas of life and culture in America. In this intensive first-year writing course we will take this inattention as an opportunity not only to collectively hone our writing skills on an intriguing and often overlooked issue, but also to make an actual contribution to the small but growing body of knowledge on it. As such, we will explore the various modes of composing (in traditional alphanumeric writing as well as in other modes including visual, video, audio, and various combinations of these) and the issues of audience, purpose, revision, persuasion, self-assessment etc. that should always attend our compositions, while simultaneously producing digitally accessible artifacts that explore how a few of the diverse sites of American life are effected by disability.
More specifically, over the course of the semester we will: (1) explore the language that we use today and have used historically to discuss disability in America by collaboratively producing a glossary of key terms and their histories/meanings/implications; (2) interrogate the way that disability is in part a product of the physical environment by creating a multimodal digital map of Emory’s own campus that highlights its (in)accessibility and advertising our creation to different constituencies; and (3) investigate the way that disability functions in each of our own professional/academic areas of interest by purposefully responding to specific cases in them with research projects appropriate to the conventions of our respective professional communities of interest.