BLS 241: Visualizing Disability

Anns Hands

Students will compare and contrast various cultural frameworks for visualizing disability in art, film, television, and other forms of visual culture. Initial readings provide background on major issues and arguments in disability studies, as well as draw connections between disability and other aspects of identity, especially gender. The course will then move toward establishing techniques, drawn from core disability studies criticism, to analyze visual representation of disability in art, film, commercial advertising, charity depictions, medical images, and the freak show.

Note: This course meets the Diversity & Equity through the Humanities and Fine Arts of MAC.


The Disability Studies Reader 4th edition (2013)
The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art (2010)