Optional: Elizabeth Haiken, “Modern Miracles: The Development of Cosmetic Prosthetics,” in Artificial Parts, Practical Lives, pp. 171-198 (Blackboard)
1) R. A. R. Edwards, “‘Hearing Aids Are Not Deaf’: A Historical Perspective on Technology in the Deaf World,” in The Disability Studies Reader, Third Edition, pp. 403-416 (Blackboard)
2) Leslie Swartz and Brian Watermeyer, “Cyborg anxiety: Oscar Pistorius and the boundaries of what it means to be human,” Disability & Society 23, no. 2 (March 2008): 187-190 (Blackboard)
3) Brenda Brueggemann, “On (Almost) Passing,” in The Disability Studies Reader, Third Edition, pp. 209-219 (Blackboard)
Please answer one of the following questions:
1) What do you see as the common threads between anxieties over prosthetics, passing, and technology? Your post should draw at least two of the assigned readings.
2) Alternatively, please discuss your “muddiest point” in at least two of the assigned readings.