Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-ix

SELECTED TIME LINE OF DEAF HISTORY IN SPAIN

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pp. xi-xiii

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FOREWORD

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pp. xv-xxiii

The scope of the discipline of sign language/deaf studies needs greater international perspective, and this collection, edited by Benjamin Fraser, is a critical step toward realizing this goal. Oralism and manualism are polarizing models and need to be replaced with an alternative model in which signed languages used throughout the world are embraced and promoted. Before going further, we must understand how ...

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NOTES ON THE TRANSLATIONS

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pp. xxv-xxvi

All of the translations in this volume are my own, with a few exceptions. Sonja Musser Golladay translated two of the selections by Lope de Vega Carpio specifically for this collection. Some of the selections have already appeared in published form in English (Teresa de Cartagena's Grove of the Infirm, Juan Pablo Bonet's Simplification of the Letters of the Alphabet and Method of Teaching Deaf-mutes to Speak, and ...

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. xxvii-29

My travel to Madrid was greatly helped by a Tinker Travel Grant for Predissertation Research in 2002 while at the University of Arizona, as well as both a Faculty Development Grant and a Dean's Grant from Christopher Newport University in 2008. In addition to Madrid's Biblioteca Nacional and the archives at the Confederación Nacional de Sordos de España, I also consulted works in the special ...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. xxix-xlv

When I traveled to Madrid, Spain, in 2002 to research Deaf culture—as a Spanish-speaking, hearing researcher and native English speaker interested in the topic—I was immediately informed by a contact that there was, in fact, no "Deaf culture" to be found. This book is the outcome of my struggle to make sense of this statement. The readings it contains are documents of a complex struggle. Understanding the ...

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PART I: The Birth of Oralism and Deafness as Metaphor

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pp. 3-98

Likewise, do not be upset if perchance you are deaf, for thus you are spared the occasion of hearing vain words and evils harmful to you. And thus as the blind man lacks occasion to see evil things and the deaf man to hear them, thus the body is infirm, and the soul is healthy and robust. Likewise, by being deaf, you will hear better through the ears of your soul the words God speaks within you, thus said ...

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PART II: The Return to Deaf Education

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pp. 99-158

The instruction of the mute, whom in this work I will call deaf-mutes, is that which I present and propose to the humanity of civil society and to the charity of the Christian people so that they may flock to the aid of these unfortunate beings, who are certainly deserving of public compassion. This is the goal of the present work, in whose most immediate and felicitous execution I intend to incite the zeal ...

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PART III: The Contemporary Deaf Experience

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pp. 159-220

The reader should not think that I have been searching far and wide to get the necessary information before sitting down to write these pages. In reality, I have never read a book that applied psychology or pedagogy to the world of deaf people, either children or adults. I have avoided reading them, so that they would not taint my manner of viewing and focusing on the problems ...

PART IV: The Recognition of Deaf Language and Culture

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pp. 221-280

PART V: Selection of Deaf Poetry

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pp. 281-294

INDEX

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pp. 295-299