Sound and deaf literature

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Sound and deaf literature

  1. 1. Sound and Deaf LiteratureLiterature has a large impact on the characterizationof human beings and society in general. Russell S.Rosen looked into this with depth and I wish to sharethis with you.The article from the Journal of Deaf Studies and DeafEducation can be found on:http://jdsde.oxfordjournals.org/content/12/4/552.full#T1
  2. 2. Sound representations in Deaf LiteratureSounds are important in non-Deaf literature to developcharacter, setting and mood in the narrative.Examples:Howling windWhispering meadowSpoke with a booming voiceWalked with a scraping shuffleRosen, Russell S. "Representations of Sound in American Deaf Literature." Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 12.4 (2007): 552-565. doi: 10.1093/deafed/enm010
  3. 3. Literature by non-Deaf authorsLiterature written by non-Deaf has used ideas of sound to represent the Deaf.Two representations of Deaf characters:Deaf “ who have some, albeit poor ability to hear but have good lipreading andspeaking skills”Deaf “ are hearing people with hearing difficulties but with good lipreading andspeaking skills”AlsoMissing a connection with sound and therefore they live in an isolated world!Rosen, Russell S. "Representations of Sound in American Deaf Literature." Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 12.4 (2007): 552-565. doi: 10.1093/deafed/enm010
  4. 4. Literature by Deaf authorsDiverse views of the Deaf character in literature by Deaf authors but can begrouped into two “states”“Hearist state of being”-world centered on sounds and that sounds are important.“Deafist state of being”-visual world and visuality is important as in seeing andsigningRosen, Russell S. "Representations of Sound in American Deaf Literature." Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 12.4 (2007): 552-565.doi: 10.1093/deafed/enm010
  5. 5. Deaf authors in hearist stateDeaf authors in a hearist” state represent sounds as being:DisortedAlteredBrokenFadingRosen, Russell S. "Representations of Sound in American Deaf Literature." Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 12.4 (2007): 552-565.doi: 10.1093/deafed/enm010
  6. 6. Deaf authors with deafist stateSounds are nulled, negated or created to express in visual, tactile and signs as terms of sound such as :ColoursMovementVibrationsSignsMental fancy…imagining what sounds look likeElla Mae Lenttz’s ASL poem “Eye Music”Rosen, Russell S. "Representations of Sound in American Deaf Literature." Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 12.4 (2007): 552-565. doi: 10.1093/deafed/enm010
  7. 7. Impact of Deaf LiteratureThis article is important to remember when selecting the best Deaf literature forthe right audience…What do you want to tell the audience ?What does the audience want to know ?What does the audience need to know ?What does the audience need or want to understand ? Literature is a powerful tool in creating the mindset, schema of the Deaf character.

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