The Life and Times of T. H. Gallaudet
Edna Edith SayersE-book: $24.99
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Sayers . . . takes a different approach than the usual "born-studied-mastered-married-parented-died" biographical formula, and delves deeper into Gallaudet’s political and religious leanings, shining light into a perhaps lesser-known side of his character. Gallaudet was a mirror of his times, and his involvement in the Congregational Church, the Federalist Party, and various social and political causes is explored. . . . Of value to those interested in Deaf culture and disability studies in general.
The research is impressive. . . . [Sayers’s] writing is engaging, her literary references illuminating, and, most of all, her arguments provocative. The blending of Gallaudet’s achievements-notably the advocacy of signing, the establishment of the school for the deaf, and the pedagogy of whole word reading-with emphatic bigotry is one scholars cannot ignore.
--New England Quarterly
Displaying a rare combination of erudition and wit, Sayers’s wonderful book is replete with keen insights into the life and times of Thomas H. Gallaudet. . . . I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed reading a work of history as much as I did this one.
--Douglas Baynton, University of Iowa
An extraordinary addition to Deaf studies. Students and scholars no longer need to rely on oversimplified retellings. . . . We now have Sayers’s impressively researched guide through the complexities and nuances of the time and the man. This is a must-read for anyone serious in their interest in Deaf history.
--H-Dirksen L. Bauman, Gallaudet University
With this important historical retrieval and revision, Sayers changes the way we think about Deaf history and the experience of deafness in America. Sayers gives us a full and rich picture of the world in which T. H. Gallaudet did his work and came to be the person we think of as a great man today. . . . But the real contribution of this story is the revelation of the interdependent relations and complicated positions of Gallaudet’s life and work that call into question the very idea of an independent great man.
--Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University
EDNA EDITH SAYERS was a professor of English at Gallaudet University, the famous school for the deaf. She has edited two anthologies: one of Deaf activist writers and another of deaf characters in literature.