This week we will focus on the ways in which people with and without disabilities have created imagined communities through disability, using debates over deaf education and Deaf communities as a case study.
Please use the comment function to post two discussion questions about this week’s readings by Thursday at 2 pm. Focus on intriguing or controversial points in the readings that you think will spark discussion. Strong discussion questions are open-ended, engage with major points in author(s)’ arguments, and are not factual in nature.
Please also post one of the following:
- a short description (1-3 sentences) of your “muddiest point,” that is, what important point of the author’s argument did you have trouble grasping
- your “most interesting connection” for this week’s reading
If you refer to a specific point or quote in one of the readings, please provide the author and page number.
READINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 19
1) R. A. R. Edwards, Words Made Flesh: Nineteenth Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture (NYU Press, 2012)
2) Leila Monaghan, “A World’s Eye View: Deaf Cultures in Global Perspective,” in Many Ways to Be Deaf: International Variation in Deaf Communities, ed. Leila Monaghan et al (Gallaudet University Press, 2003), pp. 1-24 (MavSpace)
3) Choose one of these case studies to read:
- William O. McCagg, Jr., “Some Problems in the History of Deaf Hungarians,” in Deaf History Unveiled, pp. 252-271 (MavSpace)
- Iain Hutchinson, “Oralism: A Sign of the Times? The Contest for Deaf Communication in Education Provision in Late Nineteenth-Century Scotland,” European Review of History—Revue européenne d’Histoire 14, no. 4 (December 2007): 481-501 (MavSpace)
- Anne T. Quartararo, “Republicanism, Deaf Identity, and the Career of Henri Gaillard in Late-Nineteenth-Century France,” in Deaf History Unveiled: Interpretations from the New Scholarship, ed. John Vickrey Van Cleve (Gallaudet University Press, 1993), pp. 40-52 (MavSpace)