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Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places

Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places
 

Goes beyond identity politics to explore the very nature of identity itself. This book exposes and enriches our understanding of how deafness embodies itself in the world, in the visual, and in language. It explores the power and potential of American Sign Language and argues for... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780814799673
Barcode 9780814799673
Published 15 May 2009 by FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Brueggemann, Brenda Jo
Series Cultural Front
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ISBN-13 9780814799673
ISBN-10 0814799671
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint New York University Press
Publication Date 15 May 2009
International Publication Date 1 May 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Brueggemann, Brenda Jo
Series Cultural Front
Category Cultural Studies
Disability: Social Aspects
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 295g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress History, 19th Century, History, 20th Century, Culture, Deaf, Deafness
NBS Text Cultural Studies
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 305.9082
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In this probing exploration of what it means to be deaf, Brenda Brueggemann goes beyond any simple notion of identity politics to explore the very nature of identity itself. Looking at a variety of cultural texts, she brings her fascination with borders and between-places to expose and enrich our understanding of how deafness embodies itself in the world, in the visual, and in language. Taking on the creation of the modern deaf subject, Brueggemann ranges from the intersections of gender and deafness in the work of photographers Mary and Frances Allen at the turn of the last century, to the state of the field of Deaf Studies at the beginning of our new century. She explores the power and potential of American Sign Language - wedged, as she sees it, between letter-bound language and visual ways of learning - and argues for a rhetorical approach and digital future for ASL literature. The narration of deaf lives through writing becomes a pivot around which to imagine how digital media and documentary can be used to convey deaf life stories. Finally, she expands our notion of diversity within the deaf identity itself, takes on the complex relationship between deaf and hearing people, and offers compelling illustrations of the intertwined, and sometimes knotted, nature of individual and collective identities within Deaf culture.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review At times serious, funny, irreverent, and always thoughtful, this is the most challenging book yet written about deafness - challenging in making us think better and in breaking new ground. Clearly a must-read. Lennard Davis, author of Obsession: A History

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Author's Bio

Brenda Jo Brueggemann is Professor of English and Disability Studies at The Ohio State University where she coordinates the Disability Studies program and serves as a Faculty Leader for the American Sign Language Program. She has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books.

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