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Deaf American Prose
1830-1930

Jennifer L. Nelson and
Kristen C. Harmon, Editors

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The Second Volume in the Gallaudet Deaf Literature Series

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Following Volume 1, 1980–2010, this anthology contains a selection of fiction and nonfiction written during a pivotal era in the education and lives of deaf people living in America. Editors Nelson and Harmon (both, English, Gallaudet Univ.) have scoured the literature of a period of 100 years in search of works published by deaf American authors in order to showcase how individual lives intersected with deaf history or reflected the typical deaf experience. The texts—mostly excerpts from larger pieces—include autobiographies, travelogs, romances, short stories, editorials, etc. Their loose chronological arrangement will help the reader understand how topics of political, societal, and educational conversation among the nonhearing changed throughout this period, which starts just after the birth of deaf education in the United States (1817) and runs through the era (beginning in 1908) when heated debates in both deaf and mainstream society surrounding the merits of oralism (lipreading) vs. signing were in full swing. VERDICT: Clearly aimed at an audience already familiar with landmark events in deaf history, this is a useful collection for scholars of deaf or disability studies.

Jennifer L. Nelson is Professor of English at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Kristen C. Harmon is Professor of English at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

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