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In July 2012, the 8th Deaf History International (DHI) Conference featured 27 presentations from members of Deaf communities around the world who related their own autobiographies as well as the biographies of historical Deaf individuals. The presenters came from 12 different countries, but their stories traverse many other locales. Thus, they created a transnational phenomenon of widespread interest in the collection, documentation, and dissemination of Deaf history by and for members of the deaf community. Telling Deaf Lives: Agents of Change brings together the best of the DHI Conference offerings in this volume. Due to the dearth of formal research on deaf people, Deaf community historians drove the preservation of the stories in this collection. Their diversity is remarkable: Melissa Anderson and Breda Carty describe the Cosmopolitan Correspondence Club, a group of Deaf individuals who corresponded in the early 20th century from Australia to Western Europe to the United States; Ulla-Bell Thorin recounts first-hand growing up deaf in Sweden and her process in authoring six memoirs; Harry Lang reflects on writing biographies of numerous Deaf Americans in the arts and science; Akio Suemori profiles the first Deaf president of a Japanese school for the Deaf; Tatiana Davidenko writes about her Deaf family’s experience during the World War II siege of Leningrad; Theara Yim and Julie Chateauvert look at the evolution of ASL poetry by analyzing works of prominent ASL poets Clayton Valli, Peter Cook, and Kenny Lerner. These and the other contributions here enshrine Deaf people in collective memory by virtue of disseminating and preserving their stories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. Kristin Snoddon
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Anita Small
  3. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. Joseph J. Murray
  3. pp. xxi-xxx
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  1. Part 1: Autobiographies
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. On Writing My Story as Deaf History
  2. Ulla-Bell Thorin
  3. pp. 3-10
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  1. Reflections on BiographicalResearchand Writing
  2. Harry G. Lang
  3. pp. 11-20
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  1. Part 2: Biographies of Deaf Pioneers
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Finding the Connections: Educated Deaf People in England in the Mid-Seventeenth Century
  2. Peter Jackson
  3. pp. 23-31
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  1. Writing Resistance: Edwin A.Hodgson and the Controversy at St. Ann’s Church
  2. Jannelle Legg
  3. pp. 32-44
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  1. Hannah Holmes: A Caseof Japanese AmericanDeaf Incarceration
  2. Newby Ely
  3. pp. 45-56
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  1. Józef Jerzy Rogowski: A Unique Figure in Polish Deaf History
  2. Tomasz Adam Świderski
  3. pp. 57-73
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  1. Matsumura Sei-ichirô: The First Deaf President of a Japanese School for Deaf People
  2. Akio Suemori
  3. pp. 74-86
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  1. Remembering a Legacy:Samuel Thomas Greene
  2. Clifton F. Carbin
  3. pp. 87-92
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  1. Written into History: The Livesof Australian Deaf Leaders
  2. Darlene Thornton, Susannah Macready, and Patricia Levitzke-Gray
  3. pp. 93-101
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  1. Laurent Clerc: A Complex and Conflicted Deaf Man in America
  2. Christopher A. N. Kurz and Albert J. Hlibok
  3. pp. 102-114
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  1. Part 3: Deaf Community Collective Histories: Stories from the Continents
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. The Siege of Leningradand Its Impact on theLife of a Deaf Family
  2. Tatiana Davidenko
  3. pp. 117-124
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  1. The Oral History andExperienceof the DeafCommunityin Russia
  2. Victor Palenny
  3. pp. 125-135
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  1. Signs of Freedom: DeafConnectionsin theAmistad Story
  2. Kim A. Silva
  3. pp. 136-147
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  1. The CosmopolitanCorrespondenceClub
  2. Melissa Anderson and Breda Carty
  3. pp. 148-162
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  1. Part 4: Deaf Arts Evolution
  2. pp. 163-164
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  1. The History of Poetic Style: De’VIA Poetry
  2. Theara Yim and Julie Chateauvert
  3. pp. 165-172
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  1. Southwestern De’VIA:The Origin of Multicultural De’VIA
  2. Tony Landon McGregor
  3. pp. 173-179
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  1. Photographing Deaf People:The Lives and Works ofThree Pioneers in AmericanDeaf Photography
  2. Drew Robarge
  3. pp. 180-190
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  1. The Vineyarders: A Fusionof History and Fiction
  2. Veronica Bickle, Bob Paul and Jennifer Paul
  3. pp. 191-198
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  1. Part 5: Preserving and Accessing Deaf History
  2. pp. 199-200
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  1. Digital Personal Documents:Preservation Challenges
  2. Marc-André Bernier
  3. pp. 201-210
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  1. Finding Hidden Treasures:ResearchHelp in theLibrary and Archives
  2. Diana Moore and Joan Naturale
  3. pp. 211-222
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 223-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-240
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781563686207
Related ISBN
9781563686191
MARC Record
OCLC
893010154
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2014-10-15
Language
English
Open Access
No
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