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Signing the Body Poetic : Essays on American Sign Language Literature

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1st
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9780520229761

ISBN10:
0520229762
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
12/20/2006
Publisher(s):
Univ of California Pr
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Summary

This unique collection of essays, accompanied by a pioneering DVD, at last brings a dazzling view of the literary, social, and performative aspects of American Sign Language to a wide audience. The book presents the work of a renowned and diverse group of deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing scholars who examine original ASL poetry, narrative, and drama. The DVD showcases the poems and narratives under discussion in their original form, providing access to them for hearing non-signers for the first time. Together, the book and DVD provide new insight into the history, culture, and creative achievements of the deaf community while expanding the scope of the visual and performing arts, literary criticism, and comparative literature.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS OF THE DVD xi
FOREWORD
William C. Stokoe
xiii
PREFACE: UTOPIAN GESTURES
W.J.T. Mitchell
xv
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xxv
USERS' GUIDE xxvii
1 Introduction
1
H-Dirksen L. Bauman,Jennifer L. Nelson, Heidi M. Rose
PART ONE FRAMING ASL LITERATURE
2 Face-to-Face Tradition in the American Deaf Community: Dynamics of the Teller, the Tale, and the Audience
Ben Bahan
21(30)
3 The Camera as Printing Press: How Film Has Influenced ASL Literature
Christopher B. Krentz
51(20)
4 Deaf American Theater
Cynthia Peters
71(24)
PART TWO THE EMBODIED TEXT: "WRITING" AND VISION IN ASL LITERATURE
5 Getting out of Line: Toward a Visual and Cinematic Poetics of ASL
H-Dirksen L. Bauman
95(23)
6 Textual Bodies, Bodily Texts
Jennifer L. Nelson
118(12)
7 The Poet in the Poem in the Performance: The Relation of Body, Self, and Text in ASL Literature
Heidi M. Rose
130(17)
8 ASL Literature Comes of Age: Creative "Writing" in the Classroom
Liz Wolter
147(22)
PART THREE THE POLITICAL TEXT: PERFORMANCE AND IDENTITY IN ASL LITERATURE
9 "If there are Greek epics, there should be Deaf epics": How Protest Became Poetry
Kristen C. Harmon
169(26)
10 Visual Screaming: Willy Conley's Deaf Theater and Charlie Chaplin's Silent Cinema
Carol L. Robinson
195(21)
11 Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance
Michael Davidson
216
AFTERWORD
Carol A. Padden
235(6)
APPENDIX A: TIME LINE OF ASL LITERATURE DEVELOPMENT 241(12)
APPENDIX B: ASL VIDEO REFERENCES 253(2)
CONTRIBUTORS 255(2)
INDEX 257


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