March 6 to focus on disabilities and Oz
presentation March 6 at Shippensburg University will focus on “If I Only Had a
Brain: Disability & Difference in the Oz Narratives.”
free, public program is at 7 p.m. in Old Main Chapel and features Joshua R.
Eyler, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University. It is
sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of English and
the disability studies programs.
talk examines L. Frank Baum’s fiction about the land of Oz and the literary and
cinematic legacies of this Oz mythology using the lens of disability studies.
Although disability is not the first thing that comes to mind when
reading the Oz narratives, disability unquestionably and powerfully appears as
a thematic current running throughout the tradition. The talk explores how each
text within the tradition picks up the theme anew to construct its own
who is also adjunct associate professor of humanities at Rice, has written
numerous works including the edited
collection “Disability in the Middle Ages: Reconsiderations and Reverberations,”
has dealt with medieval literature and is finishing a book on disability in the
more information contact Dr. Matthew J.C. Cella at firstname.lastname@example.org.