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1:3 Friday, November 19, 1999

Some days I do not call myself "deaf"--some days I'm "just hard-of-hearing," the term I grew up with, and other days I'm quite "hearing..."

Peers are praising Dr. Brenda Jo Brueggemann's Lend Me Your Ear: Rhetorical Constructions of Deafness for its fresh and incisive take on the Western rhetorical tradition. Brueggemann asserts that traditional rhetoric, by linking the human capacity to reason with the mastery of speech, denies deaf people human identity. "Deafness," she writes, "is a thorn in rhetoric's eye, a spot in its eye, a buzz in its ear." Brueggemann couples her analysis with her own experiences as a deaf/hard-of-hearing person living in a hearing world. With arresting emotional candor, she writes about the payoff--and the price--of "passing" as a hearing person, as well as those moments when her deafness suddenly became obvious. "He asked three times," Brueggeman writes of her high school sweetheart's proposal to wear his class ring, "I didn't hear a one of them...And I knew I would have to say ‘no' to Steve, his gentle ways, his giant class ring. I was not hearing enough; he was not deaf enough." Click here to read this account. We are pleased to offer Lend Me Your Ear to our on-line subscribers this month at 20% off the regular price. To order, click here.

Another newsletter, another batch of favorable reviews to share with our readers--Alandra's Lilacs leads the list with this endorsement from Library Journal: "Bowers offers hope to parents just discovering that their child is deaf and gives them the questions to ask and the best resources to pursue...This engaging narrative provides good reading for anyone with an interest in the subject, whether serious or casual, and boldly takes on the oral vs. signing debate."
David Armstrong's scholarly work Original Signs has been recognized again, this time by CHOICE magazine, which says "Armstrong's historical analysis illustrates how the politics of social attitude has influenced scientific views about such questions as whether or not a signed language can be a real language in its own right...provid(es) insight into basic questions about the nature and evolution of language as a multimodal phenomenon–audio and visual in its essence.
CHOICE also celebrates Melanie Metzger's Sign Language Interpreting: Deconstructing the Myth of Neutrality. Her book is lauded because it "moves the theoretical discussion forward in a number of powerful and important ways and should be of considerable interest not only to the professional interpreting community, but also to anyone involved in the use of sign language interpreters."

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