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3:12 Thursday, December 13, 2001

Knocking Down Walls

Hearing Health Gives Praise to
Gallaudet University Press Titles

Hearing Health magazine recently reminded readers in its From the Archives feature of one of Gallaudet's classic titles No Walls of Stone: An Anthology of Literature by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers, edited by Jill Jepson. Hearing Health cites the glowing notices that No Walls of Stone received when it was first published, saying that “...the reviews said it all. And they're still relevant today.”

The first collection of literature ever published by GUPress, No Walls of Stone showcases short fiction, essays, verse, and drama exclusively by deaf and hard of hearing writers. “Anthropologist Edward Hall has described literature as a rich and yet untapped source of information about how people perceive the world,” Jepson writes in her introduction. “My interest in collecting the writings of deaf and hard of hearing people stemmed, in part, from my belief that literature could serve as a doorway into the world of deafness. The resulting anthology, No Walls of Stone, provides exactly what I had hoped for -- a glimpse into the perceptions, experiences, and ideas of people living with deafness or hearing loss.”

Jepson continues: “This collection is distinct because it is written not by scholars using the analytic methods of social sciences, but by artists who know deafness or hearing loss from first-hand experience.” Read reviews for No Walls of Stone from Publisher's Weekly and The Washington Post Book World here. You can also read excerpts of poems by Anne McDonald and Raymond Luczak and order No Walls of Stone at your exclusive subscriber rate of 20% off the regular price today.

The late William C. Stokoe's Language in Hand: Why Sign Came Before Speech also received warm praise from Hearing Health, which noted that “Stokoe demonstrates how our ancestors’ powers of observation and natural hand movements could have evolved into signed morphemes.” In this seminal work, Stokoe writes: “There is no direct evidence as to how language began, but some speculations are better grounded, more susceptible to proof or disproof, than others. Accounts like those in Genesis, for example, may be true; they cannot be disproved. I believe, however, that any scientific theory about the beginning of language has to observe the order given here -- gesture to language to speech -- if that theory is to stand up to rigorous testing. The crux of the argument lies in the nature of the signs: visible signs can look like what they signify; signs made of sound cannot, but this is not the whole story.” Read the complete review and order Language in Hand.

Disabilities Studies Quarterly (DSQ) recognizes Sounds Like Home: Growing Up Black and Deaf in the South by Mary Herring Wright in its forthcoming issue. “Looking back on the difficulties and accomplishments of her childhood and youth, Wright describes her life as one of ‘enduring faith, perseverance and optimism.’ Above all, Sounds Like Home is a welcomed illustration of the quiet resolve and considerable accomplishments of working women of all colors and communities. Their efforts grace our lives forever; their stories only infrequently enrich our books. ” Read DSQ’s complete review here and order Sounds Like Home.


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