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Mean Little Deaf Queer A Memoir

ISBN-10: 0807073318
ISBN-13: 9780807073315
Edition: 2010
Authors: Terry Galloway
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Description: When Terry Galloway was born on Halloween, no one knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system. After her family moved from Berlin, Germany, to Austin, Texas, hers became a deafening,  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 6/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

When Terry Galloway was born on Halloween, no one knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system. After her family moved from Berlin, Germany, to Austin, Texas, hers became a deafening, hallucinatory childhood where everything, including her own body, changed for the worse. But those unwelcome changes awoke in this particular child a dark, defiant humor that fueled her lifelong obsessions with language, duplicity, and performance.As a ten-year-old self-proclaimed "child freak," she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children. Ever since that first real-life performance, Galloway has used theater, whether onstage or off, to defy and transcend her reality. With disarming candor, Terry writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and living in a silent, quirky world populated by unforgettable characters. What could have been a bitter litany of complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on life.

Prologue: Nine
Drowning
Them and Me
Visions
Presto Change-o
Meaner
The Performance of Drowning
Lost Boy
Passing
Little-d Deaf
On Being Told No
Passing Strange
Drag Acts
Shhhhhh!
Jobs for the Deaf
The Shallow End
Emerging
Scare
Who Died and What Killed Them
Why I Should Matter
Epilogue: A Happy Life ...

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