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Children, deafness, and deaf cultures in popular media

Children, deafness, and deaf cultures in popular media / edited by John Stephens and Vivian Yenika-Agbaw.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2023]
Physical Description
xxi, 263 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Children, Deafness, and Deaf Cultures in Popular Media examines how creative works have depicted what it means to be a deaf or hard of hearing child in the modern world. In this collection of critical essays, scholars discuss works that cover wide-ranging subjects and themes: growing up deaf in a hearing world, stigmas associated with deafness, rival modes of communication, friendship and discrimination, intergenerational tensions between hearing and nonhearing family members, and the complications of establishing self-identity in increasingly complex societies. Contributors explore most of the major genres of children's literature and film, including realistic fiction, particularly young adult novels, as well as works that make deft use of humor and parody. Further, scholars consider the expressive power of multimodal forms such as graphic novel and film to depict experience from the perspective of children. Representation of the point of view of child characters is central to this body of work and to the intersections of deafness with discourses of diversity and social justice. The child point of view supports a subtle advocacy of a wider understanding of the multiple ways of being D/deaf and the capacity of D/deaf children to give meaning to their unique experiences, especially as they find themselves moving between hearing and Deaf communities. These essays will alert scholars of children's literature, as well as the reading public, to the many representations of deafness that, like deafness itself, pervade all cultures and are not limited to specific racial or sociocultural groups"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Children, deafness, and deaf cultures in popular media Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2023
Added to Catalog
March 30, 2023
Children's Literature Association series.
Children's Literature Association
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: Deaf characters and deaf cultures in texts for children / John Stephens and Vivian Yenika-Agbaw
Part 1: Narratives of deafness
Writing the hearing line: representing childhood, deafness, and hearing through creative nonfiction / Jessica Kirkness
Mandy: a critical look at the portrayal of a deaf character / Cynthia Neese Bailes
Caped crusaders and lip-reading Pollyannas: the narrative and ideological function of humor in representations of deaf culture for young people / Nerida Wayland
"The deaf man turned a deaf ear": metaphors of deafness and the critical gaze in the works of la Comtesse de Segur, 1858-1865 / Helene Charderon
Subjectivity, theory of mind, and the creation of deaf characters in fiction / John Stephens
"The only thing you can't do is hear": Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby / Helene Ehriander
Part 2: Deaf cultures in visual texts
"We are just as confused and lost as she is": the primacy of the graphic novel form in exploring conversations around deafness / Sara Kersten-Parrish
Childhood spaces and deaf culture in Wonderstruck and A Quiet Place / Vivian Yenika-Agbaw
(Mis-)communication scripts and cognition in Japanese deaf fictional film A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) / Helen Kilpatrick
Sociopolitical contexts for the representation of deaf youth in contemporary South Korean film / Sung-Ae Lee
Local Hawai'i children's literature: revitalizing Hawai'i sign language at the edge of extinction / Nina Benegas, Stuart Ching, and Jann Pataray-Ching
Part 3: Deafness and cultural difference
Intersections of deaf and queer embodiment in fiction for young people: "able-bodied sexual subjects" / Josh Simpson
Didacticism or seeking harmony with nature: contrasting presentations of deafness in contemporary Chinese children's literature / Lijun Bi and Xiangshu Fang
Examining deaf culture in coming-of-age novels within a multicultural framework / Angela Schill
Coda. From doctors' offices to doctor of philosophy: a deaf woman's journey / Corinne Walsh.

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