By H-Dirksen L. Bauman, Heidi M. Rose, Jennifer L. Nelson, W.J.T. Mitchell, William C. Stokoe
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Like works of written and spoken literature, creative works in sign open wide enough for the imagination to move around in, to play and conjure its own images. Whether the tale is recited by a blind Homer wandering the Grecian hills in the eighth century BC, an eighteenth-century Ghanan griot, a nineteenth-century British novelist, or an emerging Deaf poet in a dormitory room late at night, the impulse to create and pass down stories and poetry lives on. Whether the work of literature is written, spoken, or signed is of little consequence.
W. J. T. Mitchell, “Gesture, Sign, and Play: ASL Poetry and the Deaf Community,” MLA Newsletter, Summer 1989, 13–14. Stephen Pinker, The Language Instinct (New York: HarperPerennial, 1995). Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Origin of Language, trans. John H. Moran (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966), 10. Diane Brentari, A Prosodic Model of Sign Language Phonology (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998), 1. Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” in Illuminations (New York: Schocken Books, 1969), 233.
Stokoe PREFACE: UTOPIAN GESTURES W. J. T. Mitchell ACKNOWLEDGMENTS USERS’ GUIDE 1 / Introduction H-Dirksen L. Bauman, Jennifer L. Nelson, Heidi M. Rose PART ONE FRAMING ASL LITERATURE 2 / Face-to-Face Tradition in the American Deaf Community: Dynamics of the Teller, the Tale, and the Audience Ben Bahan 3 / The Camera as Printing Press: How Film Has Influenced ASL Literature Christopher B. Krentz 4 / Deaf American Theater Cynthia Peters PART TWO THE EMBODIED TEXT: “WRITING” AND VISION IN ASL LITERATURE 5 / Getting out of Line: Toward a Visual and Cinematic Poetics of ASL H-Dirksen L.