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Literature, Deaf Characters in

  • By: Vicki Donne
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Deaf literature is written work on issues related to deaf people and Deaf culture. From the 18th to the 21st centuries, deaf characters may be found in various genres within fiction and nonfiction literature. For example, authors include deaf characters in mysteries, science fiction, historical fiction, and realistic fiction. Nonfiction literature includes biographies and autobiographies of deaf individuals. In addition, deaf characters are included in several formats of literature, such as picture books and graphic novels. They are utilized by both hearing and deaf authors to convey information on deaf people, technology use, or education; as a vehicle to instill supernatural abilities; as a catalyst for discovering oneself or coming of age; to illustrate feelings of isolation; and to immerse the reader in Deaf ...

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