Themes and symbols in ASL poetry: Resistance, affirmation, and liberation

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dc.contributor.author Christie, Karen
dc.contributor.author Wilkins, Dorothy
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-01T20:54:07Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-01T20:54:07Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/14261
dc.description.abstract This paper analyzes themes and symbols in a number of works of poetry in American Sign Language. In particular, the expression of themes of resistance to oppressive elements of the dominant (hearing) culture and affirmation of the values of Deaf American culture will be identified and described in various poetic works. For analysis, definitions of resistance and affirmation are borrowed from Durr and Grcevic (1999) and Durr (1999/2000) who applied these concepts to the works of Deaf artists striving to represent the Deaf experience. Our analysis confirms that there exists a thriving tradition of ASL poetic works which can be described as having themes and symbols of resistance and affirmation. Because a number of poems were found to depict the journey from resistance to affirmation, a third theme, called liberation, was created. Furthermore, we propose that these poems can be viewed as part of both postcolonial literature literary studies and the basic tenets established by the De'VIA Manifesto. Because of the universality of the Deaf experience across cultures, the poetry of ASL would likely embody themes which hold international relevance for analysis of the signed poetry of Deaf cultures around the world. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Analysis of signed poetry en_US
dc.subject Cultural affirmaton en_US
dc.subject Cultural Liberation en_US
dc.subject Cultura resistance en_US
dc.subject De'VIA works en_US
dc.title Themes and symbols in ASL poetry: Resistance, affirmation, and liberation en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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