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Deaf Identity and Social Images
in Nineteenth-Century France

Anne T. Quartararo

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Quartararo explores the history and evolution of the Deaf community in France from 1830 to 1900. Her aim is to describe its genesis, examine its identity as a minority culture, and analyze how deaf people during this period developed strategies to defend their society. She discusses how Abbé de l’Epée promoted the education of deaf students, how the movement that celebrated sign language fostered the Société Centrale, and how hearing educators at the Milan Congress in 1880 adopted oralism to defeat deafness and prohibit sign language. Deaf activism in the late nineteenth century resulted. Document sources include those from the French National Archives, pamphlets, and periodicals from the nineteenth century.

Anne T. Quartararo is Professor of History at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-56368-367-1, 6 x 9 casebound, 300 pages, photographs, notes, bibliography, index


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