Changing Normal: Children's Literature & Contemporary Arts

This course is co-taught by Elizabeth Marshall, associate professor in the Faculty of Education and Rob Kitsos, associate professor in the School of Contemporary Arts. Students will have a traditional “academic” introduction to theories of dis/ability and will be immersed in critical analyses of children’s books, film, and toys on Tuesdays. On Thursdays, students meet at Woodwards and work through the course material by working with sound, lighting, movement, and other arts based modalities. The objective is for undergraduate students from education, contemporary arts, and other disciplines to critically examine and reimagine how dis/ability is represented in children’s literature as a way to begin challenging ‘normal.’