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Words Made FleshNineteenth-Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture$
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R. A. R. Edwards

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814722435

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814722435.001.0001

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Learning to Be Deaf

Learning to Be Deaf

Lessons from the Residential School

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Words Made Flesh

R. A. R. Edwards

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the annual reports of various schools of the deaf in the nineteenth century, which provide an illuminating perspective of the fledgling Deaf community. The chapter is an introduction to life in the residential schools from the point of view of the students themselves, wherein deaf people emerge into their own history, in their own words. In coming to the residential school and getting an education, many deaf students were moved to reflect on their deafness in new ways and tried to describe what they thought deafness meant and what it did not mean. Their stories reveal the ways in which deaf people thought about their lives, their deafness, their emerging sense of Deaf identity, and their education.

Keywords:   Deaf identity, schools of the deaf, nineteenth century, Deaf community, deaf students, deafness, Deaf education

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