Deaf lives: Dorothy Miles' life experience and her poetry

Autor/a: SUTTON-SPENCE, Rachel
Año: 2005
Editorial: Deaf History Journal 9:4 (2005) pp. 22-
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Historia, Arte y Cultura, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


Dorothy ("Dot") Miles is a central figure in sign language poetry. There are strong arguments for claiming that she is the source of most of the sign language poetry composed and performed today. Her work and her development of the concept of sign language poetry, in conjunction with her drive to encourage sign language poetry within the Deaf Community made her a key figure in the literary heritage of sign language. For this reason, we present a short biography of her as her life and experience are relevant to poetry. The aim is to help audiences understand more about her poems (including the language she used in her poems) and the impact that her work had on sign language poetry in general. There is no other published biography of Dot Miles, although there are many biographical details in "Bright Memory", provided by Don Read, including a short essay by Dot on her early years.