Signing the Body Poetic Essays on American Sign Language Literature

ISBN-10: 0520229762
ISBN-13: 9780520229761
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 286
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166

This unique collection of essays, accompanied by a pioneering DVD, at last brings a dazzling view of the literary, social, and performative aspects of American Sign Language to a wide audience. The book presents the work of a renowned and diverse group of deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing scholars who examine original ASL poetry, narrative, and drama. The DVD showcases the poems and narratives under discussion in their original form, providing access to them for hearing non-signers for the first time. Together, the book and DVD provide new insight into the history, culture, and creative achievements of the deaf community while expanding the scope of the visual and performing arts, literary criticism, and comparative literature.

W. J. T. Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of Art History, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is also coeditor of the journal Critical Inquiry.

Contents of the DVD Foreword
Preface Utopian Gestures
Acknowledgments Users' Guide
Introduction
Framing Asl Literature
Face-to-Face Tradition in the American Deaf Community: Dynamics of the Teller, the Tale, and the Audience
The Camera as Printing Press: How Film Has Influenced ASL Literature
Deaf American Theater
The Embodied Text: "Writing" And Vision In Asl Literature
Getting out of Line: Toward a Visual and Cinematic Poetics of ASL
Textual Bodies, Bodily Texts
The Poet in the Poem in the Performance: The Relation of Body, Self, and Text in ASL Literature
ASL Literature Comes of Age: Creative "Writing" in the Classroom
The Political Text: Performance And Identity In Asl Literature
"If there are Greek epics, there should be Deaf epics": How Protest Became Poetry
Visual Screaming: Willy Conley's Deaf Theater and Charlie Chaplin's Silent Cinema
Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance
Afterword
Time Line of ASL Literature Development
ASL Video
References
Contributors
Index

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