November 1, 2018, 12:30-1:40pm ≡  Lehman College, Studio Theater

Frankenstein & Disability

Rodas Frankenreads posterThis year marks the 200th birthday of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s famous novel, and all over the world, fans are celebrating by looking back on the impact of the story and the different ways it has been told and retold. This talk will focus on Frankenstein from a disability studies perspective, looking critically at the way Frankenstein’s Creature has been interpreted in popular culture—as a “monster,” an outcast, and as an oppressed minority. In addition to discussing the importance of the creature, Dr. Rodas’ talk will focus on specific uses of language and storytelling structure in Mary Shelley’s book, pointing out how some of these features echo autistic ways of speaking. In the end, she will show that it is not only the Creature who can be understood from a disability perspective, but that the novel itself speaks with a “disabled” voice.

part of the international Frankenreads celebration co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Keats-Shelley Association of America

November 14, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm ≡  Hunter College

Interrogating Superficiality: At Play with Autistic Rhetorics in Warhol, Whitman, Antin, Carver & the DSM

Marilyn Diptych. Artist, Andy Warhol. Year, 1962This talk presents work from Julia Miele Rodas’ recently published Autistic Disturbances: Theorizing Autism Poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe (U Michigan P, 2018), focusing particularly on American texts. The evening will open with an overview of the book’s genesis and framework, offer a brief reading of the autistic “superficialities” visible in some familiar American texts, and invite open conversation about the rhetorical and aesthetic value of autistic practices like repetition and listmaking.

hosted by the New York Metro chapter of the American Studies Association (NYMASA) and CUNY’s Hunter College