|The Spanish National Deaf School|
The Spanish National Deaf School: Portraits from the Nineteenth Century, by Susan Plann and published by Gallaudet University Press, is a fascinating account of the history behind deaf education in Spain during the 1800’s. Susan Plann, a professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California at Los Angeles, has managed to put together a very intense and comprehensive story of various deaf students, teachers and directors that shaped deaf education for students in Spain and at the same time she has weaved in additional information about society in 19th century Spain in general.
As a “layman” without any particular training or education in deaf education in general, I found this book a very interesting read and was impressed with the extent of Plann’s knowledge and details in the book, especially with the scant records available on deaf students during that period. This book would be perfect for any students interested in the history of deaf education, the history of deaf people in Spain itself, anybody interested in deaf international studies, and any history buffs in general.
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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