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By Jennifer Esmail

Reading Victorian Deafness is the 1st ebook to deal with the an important position that deaf humans, and their certain language of symptoms, performed in Victorian tradition. Drawing on a number of works, from fiction through Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, to poetry via deaf poets and existence writing by way of deaf memoirists Harriet Martineau and John Kitto, to clinical treatises by means of Alexander Graham Bell and Francis Galton, Reading Victorian Deafness argues that deaf people’s language use was once a public, influential, and contentious factor in Victorian Britain.

The Victorians understood signed languages in a number of, and infrequently contradictory, methods: they have been gadgets of fascination and revulsion, have been of clinical import and literary curiosity, and have been thought of either a distinct mode of human verbal exchange and a vestige of a bestial history. Over the process the 19th century, deaf humans have been more and more stripped in their linguistic and cultural rights via a common pedagogical and cultural stream often called “oralism,” comprising more often than not listening to educators, physicians, and parents.

Engaging with a bunch of people who used symptoms rather than speech challenged the Victorian figuring out of people as “the talking animal” and the common realizing of “language” as a manufactured from the voice. it really is right here that Reading Victorian Deafness offers mammoth contributions to the fields of Victorian reviews and incapacity reviews. This ebook expands present scholarly conversations round orality, textuality, and sound whereas demonstrating how understandings of incapacity contributed to Victorian buildings of normalcy. Reading Victorian Deafness argues that deaf humans have been used as fabric try out topics for the Victorian technique of figuring out human language and, through extension, the definition of the human.

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