Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"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

"Both rhetoric and disability studies are enhanced by Brueggemann's juxtapositions in Deaf Subjects by, for instance, using rhetorical theory to illuminate the performative dimensions of American Sign Language and the Nazi T-4 project. Fascinating and essential reading for students and scholars in both fields."
-Anne Ruggles Gere,University of Michigan

"Both rhetoric and disability studies are enhanced by Brueggemann's juxtapositions in Deaf Subjects by, for instance, using rhetorical theory to illuminate the performative dimensions of American Sign Language and the Nazi T-4 project. Fascinating and essential reading for students and scholars in both fields."
-Anne Ruggles Gere,University of Michigan

Brueggemann brings impressive credentials to this project. . .providing an interesting discussion of the irony that deaf children are being mainstreamed and kept away from ASL< hearing college students are “flocking to ASL classes”. Go figure.”
-CHOICE,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814791271
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: The Deaf Subject Places Herself 1

1 Between: A Commonplace Book for the Modern Deaf Subject 9

2 American Sign Language and the Academy: The Little Language That Could 25

3 Approaching American Sign Language Literature: Rhetorically and Digitally 38

4 Narrating Deaf Lives: Placing Deaf Autobiography, Biography, and Documentary 72

5 Deaf Eyes: The Allen Sisters' Pictorial Photography, 1885-1920 98

6 Posting Mabel 117

7 Economics, Euthanasia, Eugenics: Rhetorical Commonplaces of Disability in the Nazi T-4 Program 141

Notes 163

Works Cited 179

Index 191

About the Author 203

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