Abbé Sicard's Deaf Education: Empowering the Mute, 1785-1820

Abbé Sicard's Deaf Education: Empowering the Mute, 1785-1820

by Emmet Kennedy

Hardcover(1st ed. 2015)

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Abbé Sicard was a French revolutionary priest and an innovator of French and American sign language. Heenjoyed a meteoric rise from Toulouse and Bordeaux to Paris and, despite his non-conformist tendencies, he escaped the guillotine. In fact, the revolutionaries acknowledged his position and during the Terror of 1794, they made him the director of the first school for the deaf. Later, he became a member of the first Ecole Normale, the National Institute, and the Académie Française. He is recognized today as having developed Enlightenment theories of pantomime, "signing,' and a form of "universal language" that later spread to Russia, Spain, and America. This is the first book-length biography of Sicard published in any language since 1873, despite Sicard’s international renown. This thoughtful, engaging work explores French and American sign language and deaf studies set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and Napoleon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137512857
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Emmet Kennedy is Professor Emeritus of European History at George Washington University, USA. His book A Cultural History of the French Revolution was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Table of Contents

One: The Ascent to Paris
Two: Passport through the Terror
Three: A Refractory Priest in the Republic of Professors
Four: Sicard and Napoleon
Five: International Signing During the Restoration
List of Abbreviations
I. The Library of the Abbé Sicard
II. F. Berthier's Account of Sicard's Encounter with Bonaparte
III. Berthier's Estimation of Sicard's Signing Method

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