Undergraduate Course: Researching Disability in German Literature and Society (ELCG08010)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This option course introduces students to the field of Disability Studies and a selection of German fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and the German Romantic writer E. T. A. Hoffmann. Students will study key models and concepts related to disability, impairment, normalcy, and ableism, and use these ideas as a critical framework for interpreting fairy tales. This course is suitable for students who are interested in developing analytical skills and who want to learn how to carry out Disability-Studies readings of German literary texts.
Reading literature through the lens of Disability Studies offers a range of alternative perspectives that challenge biases and assumptions and can lead to a fundamental reconsideration of literary texts.
This course comprises themed units. Students will focus on a selection of key concepts that are used when studying disability and relate them to selected German fairy tales. Students will, for example, discuss their close readings of the fairy tales, examine literary constructions of disabled characters, narrative patterns related to disability, the notion of normal, ableist strategies, and social attitudes and environmental barriers encountered by fictional disabled characters.
The set secondary reading is available on Learn in the Resources List and the weekly activities are designed around active engagement with the primary and secondary texts. Students will work in small groups or independently and receive feedback on the assignments.
This course aims to actively foster reflection on diversity and inclusion and raise awareness of the historical and cultural origins of exclusion, social injustice and inequalities, and negative attitudes towards disability. It also supports the idea that there should be a place in the university curriculum for literature courses that offer diverse perspectives and encourage the critical consideration of narratives about underrepresented groups.
The assessment will be 100% coursework. There are two summative assignments: Essay 1 (875 words) and Essay 2 (875 words). Both will be self-designed Disability-Studies interpretations of one or two fairy tales and relate to a conceptual idea within the fields of Disability Studies studied on the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Co-requisites|| Students MUST also take:
German 2 Language (ELCG08008)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Primary Texts
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Students should have German-language skills at CEFR level B1 or above. Entry to this course may be subject to a language test on arrival and is at the discretion of the course organiser. Visiting Students must also take German 2 Language (ELCG8008) as a co-requisite.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Online Activities 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
50% weighting: Essay 1, due mid-semester
50% weighting: Essay 2, due end of semester
||Students will receive a grade and written feedback on their essays.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of areas of Disability Studies and a discerning understanding of the core theories, concepts, principles, and terminology
- apply knowledge, skills, and understanding of Disability Studies when interpreting literary representations of disability in German
- undertake critical analysis, evaluation and synthesise ideas, concepts, and information within the field of Disability Studies
- use a range of standard ICT applications to obtain data for your research
- exercise autonomy and initiative in some course-related activities; work effectively with others; manage group interactions; practise taking responsibility when carrying out tasks.
|Primary Texts: Essential Reading|
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Kinder-und Hausmärchen der Brüder Grimm (Reclam), Volumes 1 and 2
E. T. A. Hoffmann, 'Des Vetters Eckfenster' (1822) (Reclam)
Shakespeare, Tom, 'The Social Model of Disability', in The Disability Studies Reader, ed. by Lennard J. Davis (New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 266-73
Wohlmann, Anita, and Marion Rana, 'Narrating Disability in Literature and Visual Media: Introduction', Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 67.1 (2019), 3-17
Hall, Alice, 'An Introduction to Disability Studies', in Literature and Disability (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 19-29
Schmiesing, Ann 'Gender and Disability: The Grimms' Prostheticizing of "The Maiden without Hands" and "The Frog King or Iron Henry", in Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales (Detroit: Wayne State University, 2014), pp. 80-110
Mitchell, David T., and Sharon L. Snyder, 'The Introduction: Disability as a Narrative Supplement', in Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000), pp. 1-14
Mitchell, David T., and Sharon L. Snyder, 'Narrative Prosthesis and the Materiality of Metaphor', in Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000), pp. 47-64
Campbell, Fiona Kumari, 'The Project of Ableism', in Contours of Ableism: The Production of Disability and Abledness (Victoria, Australia: Palgrave Macmillan (2009), pp. 3-15
Davis, Lennard J., 'Constructing Normalcy', in Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness and the Body (London: Verso, 1995), pp. 23-49
Schmiesing, Ann, 'Cripples and Supercripples. The Erasure of Disability in "Hans My Hedgehog", "The Donkey" and "Rumpelstiltskin"', in Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales (Detroit: Wayne State University, 2014), pp 111-145
Joshua, Eleoma, 'Misreading the Body: E. T. A. Hoffmann's Klein Zaches, genannt Zinnober, Edinburgh German Yearbook, 4 (2010), 39-56
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
critical analysis; evaluation and synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues
convey complex information within the seminar and conference contexts; use a range of subject area library databases;
Autonomy, accountability and working with others:
exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities in the subject area; exercise managerial responsibility in relation to others; take the lead on planning in familiar or defined contexts; practise in ways that show awareness of own and others; roles, responsibilities and contributions when carrying out tasks
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||10 seminars with a tutor and 10 class hours of tutor-supported asynchronous learning tasks
|Keywords||Disability,Romanticism,fairy tales,German Literature,Early nineteenth century
|Course organiser||Dr Eleoma Bodammer
Tel: (0131 6)50 3627
|Course secretary||Mr Craig Adams
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646