Allen sisters and James castle discussion

Allen sisters and James castle discussion - 2 Describe the...

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SPA 211 Deaf Culture and Community Deaf Art through Deaf Eyes We have read stories that highlight lives of deaf people and how they “make it” in the hearing world. This week we are examining the artwork by several self-taught artists, Mary and Frances Allen and James Castle. Their work shows us that artistic achievement can be found in unexpected places. The Allen Sisters reading takes us back in time to earlier moments of deaf identity. What would it have meant to be a deaf woman photographer at the turn of the last century? To answer the question, briefly discuss the context of their photographic work: 1. What were the traditional types of careers for women in the late 1800s? Were there many professional female photographers?
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Describe the unique cultural aspects and contributions of the northeast part of the country near Deerfield, Massachusetts. 3. And lastly, how were people with disabilities viewed in everyday life during this time period in this geographical place? James Castle was born 14 years later than the Allen Sisters in a remote area of Idaho. He did not learn to read, write, or sign. He gained recognition for his artwork after his death in 1977. Contrast your answers to the above questions in relation to James Castle? What would it have meant to be a deaf male artist at the turn of the last century? How do the works of the Allen sisters and James Castle contrast with the Deaf Way Arts festival pieces produced in 1989?...
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This note was uploaded on 08/22/2010 for the course SPA 211 taught by Professor Hutchinson during the Fall '10 term at Miami University.

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