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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.
Last Updated: Nov 22, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Searching Library's Catalog

 You may wish to limit your search to books in the Gallaudet University Library rather than the WLRC (Consortium) Libraries. 

Single works and anthologies written by deaf authors can be found in the Library's Classic Catalog.

Deaf authors

Use the following Keyword searches:

  • "author is deaf"
  • authors and deaf and anthology
  • authors and deaf and criticism
  • authors and deaf and fiction
  • dramatists and deaf
  • "literary collections" and deaf
  • poets and deaf
  • "writings of" and deaf

Deaf characters in literature

You can find single works and anthologies in the Library's Classic Catalog. Use the following keyword searches:

  • fiction and deaf
  • fiction and "hearing impaired"
  • "literary collections" and deaf
  • "literary collections" and "hearing impaired"
  • "deaf character?"

For individual forms of literature:

  • drama and deaf
  • poetry and deaf
  • "science fiction" and deaf
  • "comic books" and deaf
  • mystery and fiction and deaf
  • romance and fiction and deaf
  • [etc.]

For children's literature with deaf characters:

  • "children's literature" and deaf
  • "deaf children" and fiction
  • "juvenile fiction" and deaf

Other categories:

  • "deaf athletes" and fiction
  • "deaf women" and fiction
  • "deaf blind" and fiction
  • deaf and fiction and criticism
  • "[author's name]" and criticism (example: "Harriet Martineau" and criticism)

Helpful search tips:

  • Remember that keyword concepts must be joined with the word AND.
  • Phrases of two or more words must be enclosed in quotation marks.
  • To eliminate videorecordings, use "not videorecording" in the keyword search. Example: fiction and deaf not videorecording

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