Deaf Poets' Society: subverting the hearing paradigm

Autor/a: BURCH, Susan
Año: 1997
Editorial: Literature and Medicine 16:1 (1997) pp. 121-134
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Educación, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


Susan Burch gives her audience a privileged look at American Sign Language (ASL) poetry, a genre in which the body rather quite literally is the text. The hands, facial expressions, stance, and movements of the signer are critical ingredients of the language and the meaning of the poem. Living only through embodiment, ASL poetry signifies that moment in which language circulates through the writer and emerges as a corporeal signification as well as a metaphorical one. Burch brings us to the state of affairs in which metaphor, gesture, meaning, and corpus are one. The work of Bernard Bragg, Clayton Valli, and the Flying Words Project serve as examples.