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Abstract and Keywords
This chapter describes deaf experiences of reading, particularly those that occur in signed languages. It explores both visual and tactile methods of signed language reading and analyzes the ways these practices enable alternative theorizations of reading and its potentials as well as the reasons that referring to the processes of decoding signed language utterances as reading is appropriate. Specifically, it focuses on the implications of encountering the human body as text and the relationships between human subjects and language that become possible in such contexts through readings of several ASSL poems including Bernard Bragg’s “Flowers and Moonlight on Spring Water” and “The Pilot and the Eagle,” Ian Sanborn’s “Caterpillar,” and Ayisha Knight-Shaw’s “Until.”
Rebecca Sanchez is Associate Professor of English at Fordham University. She is the author of Deafening Modernism: Embodied Language, Visual Poetics and American Literature (2015) and the co-editor of Pauline Leader’s And No Birds Sing (2016). Her work on literary and cultural modernism and disability studies has appeared in numerous journals and edited collections.
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