The Deaf Subject Places Herself
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.
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