This course explores the complex relationship between gender and disability, including the fraught connections that certain avenues of feminist, queer, and transgender politics have with disability.
Explores the phenomenon of autobiography in the contemporary world. Students will read theories of autobiography, and ask questions about how writing about the self is gendered, and how representations of the self fare in the outside world.
Aspects of popular culture, including television, magazines, newspapers, social networking sites, and internet sources to name a few, are ways that health information is disseminated. Students will examine how we define health and understand disease as related to popular culture.
I am a historian of Southern Africa and I specialize in gender history, women’s history, and institutional culture. Specifically, right now I am working on a book on higher education during the Apartheid period in South Africa. I also have an interest in and have and will teach a course in memory, autobiography, and memoir; I guess it’s what people used to call “self-writing”; people writing about themselves.