I’m working on a english discussion question and need support to help me learn.
This discussion is over the excerpt from Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney on p. 42-50 (this one is a portion of a graphic novel!) and “Becoming Disabled” by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson on p. 51-55 in From the Heartland. Please note the word count of 200 words for your primary post.
Please feel free to pull from these prompts, or go off script. Do NOT try to address all of the prompts 🙂 It’s important to try and mention both readings in your primary post though.
Do you see any similar themes about finding/establishing one’s identity in these two readings? Explain.
Consider your level of awareness about disability in your everyday life. Were there any “a-ha!” moments you had while reading these two essays?
On p. 53, Garland-Thomson says “Most Americans don’t know how to be disabled.” Dig deep into this quote while also incorporating Garland-Thomson’s explanation.
On p. 54, Garland-Thomson says “…social barriers can sometimes be more awkward than physical ones,” because oftentimes people don’t know how to talk about disability. Have you ever experienced this awkwardness, on either side? Please only share what you’re comfortable telling us.
Consider the form of each of these essays. What’s your previous experience with reading graphic work? How did Forney’s chosen medium–a graphic essay–impact your reading experience? What might a graphic interpretation of Garland-Thomson’s essay look like?