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Signs and Voices
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Cochlear implants, mainstreaming, genetic engineering, and other ethical dilemmas confronting deaf people mandated a new, wide-ranging examination of these issues, fulfilled by Signs and Voices: Deaf Culture, Identity, Language, and Arts. This collection, carefully chosen from the 2004 Signs and Voices Conference, the Presidential Forum on American Sign Language at the Modern Language Association Convention, and other sources, addresses all of the factors now changing the cultural landscape for deaf people. To ensure quality and breadth of knowledge, editors Kristin A. Lindgren, Doreen DeLuca, and Donna Jo Napoli selected the work of renowned scholars and performers Shannon Allen, H-Dirksen L. Bauman, Adrian Blue, Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Peter Cook, David P. Corina, Michael Davidson, Kristen Harmon, Tom Humphries, Sotaro Kita, Heather Knapp, Robert G. Lee, Irene W. Leigh, Kenny Lerner, Carol Neidle, Peter Novak, AslI Özyürek, David M. Perlmutter, Ann Senghas, and Ronnie Wilbur. Signs and Voices is divided into three sections—Culture and Identity, Language and Literacy, and American Sign Language in the Arts—each of which focuses on a particular set of theoretical and practical concerns. Also, the included DVD presents many of the performances from the Arts section. Taken together, these essays and DVD point to new directions in a broad range of fields, including cognitive science, deaf studies, disability studies, education, linguistics, literary criticism, philosophy, and psychology. This extraordinary showcase of innovative and rigorous cross-disciplinary study will prove invaluable to everyone interested in the current state of the Deaf community.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Contents of the DVD by Chapter Number
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. Part One: Culture and Identity
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Scientific Explanation and Other Performance Acts in the Reorganization of DEAF
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. 2. Who Am I?: Deaf Identity Issues
  2. pp. 21-29
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  1. 3. Think–Between: A Deaf Studies Commonplace Book
  2. pp. 30-42
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  1. 4. “I Thought There Would Be More Hellen Keller": History through Deaf Eyes and Narratives of Representation
  2. pp. 43-62
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  1. 5. Bioethics and the Deaf Community
  2. pp. 63-74
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  1. Part Two: Language and Literacy
  2. p. 75
  1. 6. Cognitive and Neural Representations of Language: Insights from Sign Languages of the Deaf
  2. pp. 77-89
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  1. 7. Children Creating Core Properties of Language: Evidence from an Emerging Sign Language in Nicaragua
  2. pp. 90-99
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  1. 8. Well, "What" Is It?: Discovery of a New Particle in ASL
  2. pp. 100-116
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  1. 9. Success with Deaf Children: How to Prevent Educational Failure
  2. pp. 117-138
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  1. 10.English and ASL: Classroom Activities to Shed Some Light on the Use of Two Languages
  2. pp. 139-149
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  1. 11. A Bilingual Approach to Reading
  2. pp. 150-159
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  1. Part Three: American Sign Language in the Arts
  2. p. 161
  1. 12. Body/Text: Sign Language Politics and Spatial Form in Literature
  2. pp. 163-176
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  1. 13. Tree Tangled in Tree: Re-Siting Poetry through ASL
  2. pp. 177-188
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  1. 14. Nobilor est vulgaris: Dante's Hypothesis and Sign Language Poetry
  2. pp. 189-213
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  1. 15. Flying Words: A Conversation between Peter Cook and Kenny Lerner
  2. pp. 214-219
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  1. 16. Visual Shakespeare: Twelfth Night and the Value of ASL Translation
  2. pp. 220-231
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  1. 17. ASL in Performance: A Conversation with Adrian Blue
  2. pp. 232-238
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 239-241
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-246
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