The Again Familiar Trope: A Response to Infusing Disability in the Curriculum: The Case of Saramago's Blindness

Linda Ware


"Infusing Disability in the Curriculum: The Case of Saramago's Blindness" aims for a conversation with readers about the possible uses for this parable as a vehicle to promote a more critical discussion of disability in college coursework. Central to the teaching of this novel from a disability studies perspective is the imperative to trouble the "othering" of blindness and by default, the "othering" of disability reified by this novel. In this response I consider the challenges for teacher educators who likewise aim to structure more critical discussion of disability in teacher preparation courses.


Disability Studies; Literature; Blindness

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