Middlebury

AMST 1015

American Deaf Culture/History

American Deaf Culture and History
In this course we will explore America’s “DEAF-WORLD” from the early 19th century through the present day. Creative, community-based, and scholarly readings, as well as memoirs, TV shows, films, and material objects will illustrate diverse traditions of “deaf,” including religious, biomedical, social-cultural, and empowered identity forms. Central themes will guide our work: language and communication, community and identity, cultural values and practices, education, artistic and popular representations, technology and bioethics, and activism. Through these themes we will learn about audism and ableism—foundational concepts in deaf studies—as they relate to other systems of power and privilege. Overlapping identities within deaf cultural worlds also will draw sustained attention. This course does not require knowledge of American Sign Language.
Subject:
American Studies
Department:
Program in American Studies
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
NOR SOC WTR

Sections

Winter 2016

AMST1015A-W16 Lecture (Burch)