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Signs and Voices: Deaf Culture, Identity, Language, and Arts

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Although the exhibition intended to place Deaf and deafened people within the context of American history, the challenge remained: how to take the deaf person out of a debilitating and pathologizing social discourse and to place that body within another one that is still largely invisible for hearing visitors. For members of the culturally Deaf community, there was a clearly delineated personal and academic set of narratives of representation, as seen in the references to a common narrative of empowerment and sociolinguistic community.

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