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Deaf literature is composed of works by deaf authors and literary works by deaf or hearing authors, which include deaf characters in short stories, novels, poetry, and plays. ASL poetry and autobiographies are not included.
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For introductory information about deaf characters in literature or deaf authors check the following reference books:

  • Van Cleve, John V., ed. Gallaudet encyclopedia of deaf people and deafness. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1987. Use the index in Volume 3 to find related articles under the following headings:

            Literature, dramatic characters in 
            Literature, fictional characters in 
            Literature, writers in

  • Carbin, Clifton F. Deaf heritage in Canada: a distinctive, diverse, and enduring culture. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1996. See "Authors" in the index.
  • Jackson, Peter. Britain's deaf heritage. Edinburgh: Pentland Press Limited, 1990. See Chapter 18: Literature, theatre, and television.
  • Gannon, Jack. Deaf heritage. Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, 1981. See Chapter 11: Publications of the Deaf.

Prepared by Diana Moore, Deaf Collection and Instruction Librarian, 2005. Revised 2010.


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