My Sense of Silence (Lennard J. Davis) pdf, epub, doc

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I read this book because I met the guy on the subway, and he was really kind. He told me where I could get a crash course in theory (I was reading Marx for Dummies, or something like that) and we talked about how he applied to Oberlin, and how good Edward Said's memoir was. He's an English professor who does disability studies. I found this book when I looked him up to find an article we talked about.

As lovely as that chance encounter was with a2x Columbia alum who truly loves this institution, this memoir could have been written exclusively by his psychoanalyst. This maybe gets at my (unstudied) objections to Freudian analysis — that everyone ends up telling their story in the same worn words, the same relatively creepy scenarios — and there is something dreadfully boring in there.

It was a great disappointment to me, as a lover of memoirs. That said, the opening and closing sections on sign language as a first language (and how signing is capable of poetry, too, and how hearing people have 'deaf' voices and facial expressions they use exclusively for signing —Davis used his only for speaking to his father for instance — was beautiful. It makes concrete the emotional and somatic shifts we make everyday between different registers of conversation — the intimacy of talking to family versus the rest of the world, for instance.

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