Seminar with Talia Schaffer: "Critical Care: The Relational Ethics of Reading" Guest Writer: Claire Barber
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
|Robert Braithwaite Martineau, "The Last Day in the Old Home" (1862)|
"Being Care-ful Toward Books, Children, and Individuals with Disabilities"
Written by Claire Barber (English)
On November 4, 2013, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a review of Rachel Adams’s Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery that prompted passionate discussion in its comments section and on disability-studies listservs. The author of this review, Cristina Nehring, frames two major criticisms of the book in terms of care—a key concept addressed by Talia Schaffer in her draft paper “Critical Care: The Relational Ethics of Reading.” Schaffer discussed this work-in-progress last Tuesday at a seminar that gathered about 30 Illinois faculty and graduate students from disciplines that included English, anthropology, geography, and communications.