Silent poetry: Deafness, sign, and visual culture in modern France

Autor/a: MIRZOEFF, Nicholas D.
Año: 1995
Editorial: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995
Tipo de código: ISBN
Código: 0691037892
Soporte: Papel


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This book explores the dynamic interaction between art and the sign language of the deaf in France from the philosophes to the introduction of the sound motion picture. Nicholas Mirzoeff shows how the French Revolution transformed the ancien régime metaphor of painting as silent poetry into a nineteenth-century school of over one hundred deaf artists. Painters, sculptors, photographers, and graphic artists all emanated from the Institute for the Deaf in Paris, playing a central role in the vibrant deaf culture of the period. With the rise of Darwinism, eugenics, and race science, however, the deaf found themselves categorized as "savages," excluded and ignored by the hearing. This book is concerned with the process and history of that marginalization, the constitution of a "center" from which the abnormal could be excluded, and the vital role of visual culture within this discourse.