The study of ancient to medieval representations of disability and disease is still an emerging field. In this course, we will explore early literary depictions of the diseased and the disabled. By analyzing these texts and applying (or redefining) modern frameworks for these concepts, we will discover the complex array of social perceptions and the variation, and even conflict, in early perceptions of disability and disease. Selected authors/texts: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Henryson, Malory, Marie de France, various saints' lives, etc. Projects will include working with the Medieval Disability Glossary and various international museums and libraries.