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Deaf Papers

A New Volume Showcases the Presentation and Recording of Visual Lives and Language on Paper

In Deaf American Prose: 1980–2010, volume one of the Gallaudet Deaf Literature series, editors Kristen Harmon and Jennifer Nelson assemble a remarkable cadre of Deaf writers in a unique anthology. “This collection is our attempt to read backwards, through a fairly recent time period,” reveal Harmon and Nelson. “Readers will see the evolution of the construction of deafness through the writings; the continuing evolution of a multifaceted Deaf identity in printed English; and the textual and linguistic strategies that have been used to evoke deafness or a Deaf sensibility, in and in spite of English.”

“By no means exhaustive, this anthology contains the work of Deaf and deaf American writers who have lived through the experiences of the early middle of the twentieth century to the present, a period of time marked by great transition and change. Writers in this collection use different prose subgenres to tell their theories about deafness, Deaf lives, and language: fictional short stories, creative nonfiction and memoir, anecdotes and short personal essays that began their print life as Internet weblogs (blogs), humor, satire, allegory, mystery and noir fiction, melodrama, and metafiction. Others use prose forms to tell stories (both true and fictional) that are not commonly presented. Sometimes tragic, sometimes funny and playful, sometimes dramatic, sometimes satirical, the writings reflect a growing awareness of the possibility of a bilingual deaf writer centered in a visually oriented life and community, one that doesn’t need to be explained, ad infinitum, to a hearing audience. No excuses or disclaimers needed.”

Read a short story here and receive 20% off the regular price when you order Deaf American Prose today. When ordering online, type “MAY2012” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the checkout button. Or, order by mail.


The efforts of the authors of the all-new, 5th edition of Linguistics of American Sign Language were recognized in this annotation in Reference & Research Book News: “Four linguists at Gallaudet University — Miako Villanueva coming on board with this edition — update their textbook introducing the structure of American Sign Language (ASL) to undergraduate students who are fluent users of the language. Changes in the field as well as classroom experience teaching from the book have informed the changes. A new chapter has been added on syntax to join others on the main areas of linguistic study: phonology, morphology, semantics, and language in use. Several new readings are also included. The disk demonstrates figures in the text, then presents a number of stories, poems, and conversations in ASL. The first edition was published in 1992, and the previous in 2005.” Completely reorganized to reflect the growing intricacy of the study of ASL linguistics, the 5th edition presents 26 units in seven parts, including new sections on Black ASL and new sign demonstrations in the DVD. View the table of contents for both the book and the DVD, and read the editors’ introduction. Then, order Linguistics of American Sign Language online or by mail.


Christopher Stone’s Toward a Deaf Translation Norm caught the attention of Interpreting, the international journal of research and practice in interpreting: “This is an interesting study that complements the growing scholarship in the field of sign language interpreting. However, its application is not limited to that field. While focused on Deaf translators/interpreters, the book addresses the complicated working of all kinds of translation/interpreting. The goal of any translator/interpreter is to convey not only words or concepts, but ideas and passion that are present in the source language. Stone demonstrates that, at least within this sample, the end product is different and implies that this difference leads to a different understanding of the target-language product. Scholars, students, trainers and practitioners will want to add this book to their libraries and its findings to their professional toolboxes.”

And, the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education made this observation: “This sixth volume in the Studies in Interpretation series addresses whether the work of deaf interpreters (T/Is) of British Sign Language rendering broadcast news on British television is leading to the establishment of a deaf translation. It is based on translation/interpreting theories, as well as relevance theory and Deafhood-informed perspectives. Clearly, these results will be of great interest to interpreter educators and deaf interpreters.  . . . [T]his research has implications for further research on how deaf interpreters approach the task of interpreting and how their work can inform the work of hearing interpreters.” Order Toward a Deaf Translation Norm online or by mail now.


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