Infusing Disability in the Curriculum: The Case of Saramago's "Blindness"

Liat Ben-Moshe

Abstract


What are the implications of teaching disability as a pure metaphor? Disability often has negative connotations when used metaphorically, while the lived experience of disability can be quite different. In order to demonstrate this contradiction, I discuss some pedagogical aspects of teaching the novel, Blindness, by Jose Saramago. First, I exhibit possible interpretations of the parable that are useful for teaching. Then, I demonstrate the ways blindness is constructed as Otherness and its possible implications for instruction. Finally, I offer several strategies by which Blindness, and other literary portrayals, can be used in the classroom in a critical manner, one that values human variation and diversity.

Keywords


Disability Studies; Literature; Pedagogy; Blindness

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v26i2.688

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