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Hearing Difference
The Third Ear in Experimental, Deaf, and Multicultural Theater

Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren

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Deaf by the age six, Kochhar-Lindgren (interdisciplinary arts and sciences, Univ. of Washington) learned to navigate two worlds: the Deaf world and the hearing world. Here she presents a new model, the third ear. The third ear has been conveyed in theater since the mid-1960s, and the author uses this metaphor as a device to better understand how sound, silence, sight, and the moving body (dance) create new meanings through theater. The best chapter provides a history of the National Theater of the Deaf (NTD); in it Kochhar-Lindgren explains how the NTD promoted the use of deaf actors and the use of American Sign Language. The book is tiresome in places, overloaded with philosophical and critical theory terminology that will turn off less-experienced readers. But serious scholars of Deaf studies and multiculturalism will welcome this scholarly tome, and the footnotes, references, and citations of plays, playwrights, and art critics are a gold mine. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.

óJ. F. Andrews, Lamar University

Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren is Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, University of Washington, Bothell, WA.

ISBN 978-1-56368-290-2, 6 x 9 casebound, 184 pages, references, index


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