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ERIC Number: EJ826232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0302-1475
The Poetry of a Minority Community: The Deaf Poet Pierre Pelissier and the Formation of a Deaf Identity in the 1850s
Quartararo, Anne T.
Sign Language Studies, v8 n3 p241-263 Spr 2008
This study investigates the cultural and educational ideas of the French deaf poet-teacher Pierre Pelissier (1814-1863) who was an instructor at the Paris Deaf Institute from the early 1840s until his death in 1863. As a young man, Pelissier became interested in composing poetry and through his verse, captured many of the social frustrations facing deaf people who had to manage in a hearing world. Once he became a teacher, Pelissier devoted his energies to developing the best methods to educate deaf youth. In the mid-nineteenth-century, he found himself defending natural sign language against proponents of spoken language. Pelissier responded with a his own book (published in 1856) on how sign language could be used in the French primary schools to educate deaf children. He advocated a type of bilingual educational environment for primary schools that relied on hearing and deaf students using the manual alphabet and sign language in a shared classroom setting. Pelissier's analysis of sign language as a pedagogical method clearly challenged the prevailing social view that deaf teachers were somehow less capable educators of deaf children than those who were hearing. (Contains 97 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France (Paris)