By Cynthia Peters
Makes use of the archetypal notion of the carnival as a framework to interpret the evolution of ASL literature. This name exhibits how Deaf artists and ASL performers have used and proceed to exploit their artwork as a method to traverse the obstacles among disenfranchisement and privilege.
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25 Frequent participants were the traveling bards, minstrels, and jongleurs who were the storytellers, poets, and performers of the Middle Ages. Court jesters, town fools, and jugglers also regaled the populace with songs, jests, stories, and other popular forms of expression. For a number of reasons, carnival and carnivalesque discourse provide appropriate paradigms for understanding Deaf culture and discourse. Here again, members of a primarily oral culture and some members of a primarily literate culture gather and interact.
Drunkards”), sacred prayers including the Ave Maria, litanies, hymns, psalms, and Gospel sayings. , “The Mule without a Bridle”). See Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World, 13–15. , 5–6. Christie Davies points out that “a sense of sudden vicarious superiority is felt by those who devise, tell or share a joke” in Ethnic Humor around the World: A Comparative Analysis (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990), 7. Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World, 13–14. Bienvenu is quoted in E. Lynn Jacobowitz, “Humor and Wit in the Deaf Community,” on p.
The signing as well as general body movements approximated the tune and pitch of a particular song. 26 Appropriately for carnival, the more physical forms of Deaf discourse appeared side by side with sophisticated drama, ASL poetry, and eloquent storytelling. 27 The farcical and physical quality of many Deaf American skits was exemplified at the Deaf Way by a young mime. The mime portrayed his struggle to ingest some melted cheese. Despite his diligent efforts, the melted mess stretched and stretched and would not break off.
Deaf American Literature: From Canival to the Canon by Cynthia Peters