Deaf World A Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook

ISBN-10: 0814798535

ISBN-13: 9780814798539

Edition: 2001

Authors: Lois Bragg

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A most welcome contribution to the burgeoning field of Deaf Studies. The book performs a vital service to readers by providing them with a comprehensive collection of sources that narrate the struggles, accomplishments and aspirations of our nation's deaf community.--I. King Jordan, President, Gallaudet University"This is one of those marvelous initiatives that, when you see it, leads you to say, 'Why didn't I think of that?' A very valuable resource not only for the growing numbers of students in Deaf Studies but for everyone who seeks to understand the world of culturally Deaf people."--Harlan Lane, University Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University"A landmark in the history of Deaf studies. Bragg has assembled an astonishingly balanced selection of historical sources, personal memoirs, and critical essays to give readers a rich and varied panaroma of perspectives."--Yerker Andersson, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and former Chair of Deaf Studies, Gallaudet UniversityTo many who hear, the deaf world is as foreign as a country never visited.Deaf Worldthus concerns itself less with the perspectives of the hearing and more with what Deaf people themselves think and do. Editor Lois Bragg asserts that English is for many signing people a second, infrequently used language and that Deaf culture is the socially transmitted pattern of behavior, values, beliefs, and expression of those who use American Sign Language. She has assembled an astonishing array of historical sources, political writings, and personal memoirs, from classic 19th-century manifestos to contemporary policy papers, on everything from eugenics to speech and lipreading, the right to work and marry, and the never-ending controversy over separation vs. social integration. At the heart of many of the selections lies the belief that Deaf Americans have long constituted an internal colony of sorts in the United States.While not attempting to speak for Deaf people en masse, this ambitious platform anthology places the Deaf on center stage, offering them an opportunity to represent the world--theirs as well as the hearing world--from a Deaf perspective. For Deaf readers, the book will be welcomed as a gift, both a companion to be savored and, as often, an opponent to be engaged and debated. And for the hearing, it serves as an unprecedented guide to a world and a culture so often overlooked.Comprising a judicious mix of published pieces and original essays solicited specifically for this volume,Deaf Worldmarks a major contribution.
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 2/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 430
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Lois Bragg is Professor of English at Gallaudet University.

In surdam memoriam: Karl Jaekel
Prologue: Autobiography of Laurent Clerc
"Scattered as we are and lost among the hearing": Life in the Hearing World
On Planning a Deaf-Mute Commonwealth
Coming to California
What a Deaf Jewish Leader Expects of a Rabbi
How to Write Like a Hearing Reporter
CBS Hurt Deaf Children with "Caitlin's Story,"
Who Speaks for the Deaf Community? Not Who You Would Think!
My Life on Paper
Away from Invisibility, Toward Invincibility: Issues with Deaf Theatre Artists in America
This Child Is Mine: Deaf Parents and Their Adopted Deaf Children
"The noblest gift God has given to deaf people": American Sign Language and Its Literature
The Preservation of the Sign Language
From Student to Professional: A Personal Chronicle of Sign Language
Black Signs: Whatever Happened to the Sign for "Cornbread"?
Reflections of American Deaf Culture in Deaf Humor
Folk Explanation in Language Survival
Let's Return ASL to Deaf Ownership
What Happens When Languages Come in Contact
I've Had Enough of the I-Love-You Sign, Thanks
Traditions: Hispanic, American, Deaf Culture: Which Takes Precedence in Trilingual Interpreter Training?
Rathskellar: Some Oral-Traditional and Not-So-Traditional Characteristics of ASL Literature
In Search of the Perfect Sign-Language Script: Insights into the Diverse Writing Styles of Deaf Playwrights
"The medicine that swallowed the patient": Deaf Education
The Associative Feature in the Education of the Deaf
The Attitude of the Adult Deaf towards Pure Oralism
The Fable of the Ass Who Was Taught to Whinny
The Graduate
The Deaf Adult's Point of View
Black Deaf Students
Who's Itching to Get into Mainstreaming?
The Real Meaning of "Hearing Impaired"
Do We Continue This Tragedy?
A Taboo Exposed: Using ASL in the Classroom
Deaf-centric Teaching: A Case Study in ASL-English Bilingualism
"Impressed with the value of character": The Deaf Ethic
Vagrancy among Deaf-Mutes
Miss Martineau and Deaf-Mutes
The habit of being prompt ...
Finding Men for Jobs
The Development of Postwar Employment
A Review of the Little Paper Family for 1944-45
Place of the Adult Deaf in Society
What Exactly Am I Supposed to Overcome?
Thoughts on the Effects of Provisions for the Deaf
'Til All Barriers Crumble and Fall: Agatha Tiegel's Presentation Day Speech in April 1893
Dummy Hoy: "Play Ball!"
"Strengthening the spirit of clannishness": The Deaf Community
Racism within the Deaf Community
GLAD Publishes Position Paper on Cochlear Implants
Reflections on The Deaf Way
Can Deaf People Survive "deafness"?
Cochlear Implants vs. Deaf Culture?
Into Their Own Hands: The Deaf President Now Protest and Its Consequences
Of Deaf-Mutes, the Strange, and the Modern Deaf Self
The Hearing Agenda II: Eradicating the DEAF-WORLD
Deaf Women Now: Establishing Our Niche
Contemporary Native Deaf Experience: Overdue Smoke Rising
Cochlear Implants and Deaf Identity
Signing Off
Further Reading
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