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Art and Literature, Deaf History of and Participation in

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

Themes and techniques in American Deaf arts and literature need to be understood in terms of the Deaf experience and the intellectual forces in American society that frame the experiences and techniques. Interestingly, the history of themes and techniques in Deaf arts and literature underwent changes that paralleled those in mainstream American arts and literature.

The origins of the modern Deaf arts and literature in America can be traced to the formation of the first schools for the Deaf in the northeastern United States in the first half of the 19th century. The schools were formed under the episteme of Romanticism, which professed sincerity, independence, industriousness, and citizenship, all of which were associated with the founding of the American nation. Mainstream arts and literature incorporated Romanticist ...

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