|The Spanish National Deaf School|
From Reference & Research Book News
The National School for Deaf-Mutes and the Blind in Madrid was a hotbed of discontent in the nineteenth century. Operated under various contradictory philosophies and practices, the school administration was loath to hire the deaf as instructors and actually barred the deaf from the ranks of professors for over 30 years. Students suffering from physical abuse at the school responded by forming the beginnings of a comprehensive Deaf identity that resisted the period’s pejorative medical model of deafness, and even the hearing had to resist what are now thought of as sexist policies. Plann (applied linguistics, Spanish and Portuguese, U. of California at Los Angeles) works from personality to personality in these portraits of pioneering instructors, rebels, and other instigators of change. Particularly effective is her portrait of Martín de Martín y Ruiz, the most famous deaf-blind student from the Madrid school whose initial triumphs led to despair.
Susan Plann is a professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California at Los Angeles, CA.
ISBN 978-1-56368-355-8, 6 x 9 casebound, 300 pages, photographs, timeline, references, index
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