People with disabilities constitute the world’s largest, most stigmatized, and most marginalized “minority,” and yet many of us don’t include this identity in our thinking when we speak of and celebrate human diversity and inclusion. The field of disability studies has, since the 1980s, examined and theorized the complex meanings of disability throughout history. Work by DS scholars offers insights into disability identities as both embodied realities, and social and cultural constructions. This course will provide an introduction to disability studies, and an exploration of the literary representations of physical, intellectual and psychosocial disability in works chosen from a variety of national traditions. Reading journal, short essays, research paper.