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Title Deaf American prose 1980-2010 / edited by Kristen Harmon and Jennifer Nelson
Published Washington, DC : Gallaudet University Press, ©2012


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 329 pages)
Series The Gallaudet deaf literature series ; v. 1
Gallaudet deaf literature series ; v. 1.
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction; Mervin Garretson -- The Sonic Boom of 1994; Eugene Bergman -- The Deaf Conspirators; Douglas Bullard -- Islay, Chapter One; Shanny Mow -- My Life on Paper; Aaron Weir Kelstone -- Homecoming; Terry Galloway -- Words; Mary Thornley -- Lost Atlantis; Tom Willard -- How to Write Like a Hearing Reporter; Brenda Jo Brueggemann -- Read My Lips; Willy Conley -- Characters in El Paso; Willy Conley -- The Ear; Janet (JD) Dykes -- Hardly Heard; Michael Chorost -- Looking for the Music in Myself; Raymond Luczak -- Poster Child (Told in American Sign Language Gloss)
Carl Wayne Denney -- Deaf Girls CanScott Stoffel -- Stoffel's Guide to Snazzy Responses: Deaf-Blind Edition; Tonya Stremlau -- Local Deaf Woman Abandons Twin Infants; Kristen Harmon -- Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird; Abiola Haroun -- DEAF-inism; Abiola Haroun -- My Life as a Color Wheel; Christopher Jon Heuer -- On the Bottom; Christopher Jon Heuer -- The Church Interpreter and My Sex Life: Adventures in Parent-Child Communication; Mary Ruth Summers -- The Deaf Person's Guide to Teaching ASL; Joshua Swiller -- I Think I Hear You; Vikki Porter -- I Am Not My Ears; Pamela Wright -- Holding Up
Pamela Wright -- Whispering with CranesJed Gallimore -- Nympholepsy; Jed Gallimore -- Thank God for ABC Cards!; Trudy Suggs -- A Thumbs Up for District One Hospital; Joseph Valente -- Going Native at Ben Bahan's House; Sara Stallard -- Coffee Shop Story No. 1; Sara Stallard -- Hole in House Real Pish (An OJ & PJ Story); Sara Stallard -- What That ALS Dialect; Rosa Lee Timm -- Little Feet; John Lee Clark -- Great Expectations; Christy Smith -- I Am Deaf. See Me Roar; Louise Stern -- King Eddie; Kristen Ringman -- Torn: An Excerpt from Makora: A Novel; Joseph Santini -- Clark's Wife
Joseph Santini -- LytopediaBobby Cox -- Devilishly Good Dim Sum: exculentus bona epulae; Allison Polk -- Blushing; Allison Polk -- Dandelion; Shoshannah Stern -- Goodbye, My Valentine; Richard Bailey -- Burrito Monster; Joshua Feldman -- The Influence of the Spanish Inquisition on Colonial Europe; Seth Gore -- The Buzz Buzz Boom
Summary "In Deaf life, the personal narrative holds sway because most Deaf individuals recall their formative years as solitary struggles to understand and to be understood. Few deaf people in the past related their stories in written form, relying instead on a different kind of "oral" tradition, that of American Sign Language. During the last several decades, however, a burgeoning bilingual deaf experience has ignited an explosion of Deaf writing that has pushed the potential of ASL-influenced English to extraordinary creative heights. Deaf American Prose: 1980-2010 presents a diverse cross-section of stories, essays, memoirs, and novel excerpts by a remarkable cadre of Deaf writers that mines this rich, bilingual environment. The works in Deaf American Prose frame the Deaf narrative in myriad forms: Tom Willard sends up hearing patronization in his wicked satire "How to Write Like a Hearing Reporter" Terry Galloway injects humor in "Words," her take on the identity issues of being hard of hearing rather than deaf or hearing. Other contributors relate familiar stories about familiar trials, such as Tonya Stremlau's account of raising twins, and Joseph Santini's short story of the impact on Deaf and hearing in-laws of the death of a son. The conflicts are well-known and heartfelt, but with wrinkles directly derived from the Deaf perspective. Several of the contributors expand the Deaf affect through ASL glosses and visual/spatial elements. Sara Stallard emulates ASL on paper through its syntax and glosses, and by eliminating English elements, a technique used in dialogue by Kristen Ringman and others. Deaf American Prose features the work of other well-known contemporary Deaf writers, including co-editor Kristen Harmon, Christopher Jon Heuer, Raymond Luczak, and Willy Conley. The rising Deaf writers presented here further distinguish the first volume in this new series by thinking in terms of what they can bring to English, not what English can bring to them. Kristen C. Harmon is a professor in the Department of English at Gallaudet University. Jennifer L. Nelson is a professor in the Department of English at Gallaudet University." -- Provided by publisher
Notes Stories, essays, memoirs, and novel excerpts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (OverDrive ebook, viewed on January 20, 2023)
Subject Deaf people's writings, American
American prose literature -- 20th century
American prose literature -- 21st century
American literature -- 20th century.
American literature -- 21st century
Deaf authors.
FICTION -- General.
American literature
American prose literature
Deaf authors
Deaf, Writings of the, American
Genre/Form Prose literature
Form Electronic book
Author Nelson, Jennifer L., 1965- editor.
Harmon, Kristen, editor.
ISBN 9781563685248