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Deaf SubjectsBetween Identities and Places$
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Brenda Jo Brueggemann

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814799666

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814799666.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Deaf Subject Places Herself

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(p.1) Introduction
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Deaf Subjects
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Brenda Jo Brueggemann

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814799666.003.0001

This introductory chapter illustrates the anxiety of the deaf subject caught “in between,” noting that between space is one of longing, yet also one of belonging, and one, too, of limits. Another source of anxiety is their audience—deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing alike—since it is hard to shape one's subject and self without some sense of one's audience. Yet, because their subject—that of deaf identity, anxiety, and place—is also a subject of language, community, “reason,” voice, experience, resistance, otherness, power, and more, the deaf subject also understands that they will invariably invoke other audiences. Thus, this chapter opens up a narrative of the “commonplace” for the modern deaf subject since the turn of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   deaf, anxiety, deaf identity, hard-of-hearing, modern deaf subject, nineteenth century

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