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305.908109 G
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xviii, 331 pages ; 22 cm
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [307]-316) and index.
Introduction: Seeing & Not-Seeing -- Homer's Blind Bard -- The Tenacious Grip of the Blind Seer -- I Once Was Blind but Now I See -- Out, Vile Jelly! -- Telescopes, Microscopes, Spectacles, and Speculations -- Darkness Visible -- The Molyneux Man -- Performing Enlightenment -- Braille and His Invention -- The Tap Tapping of Blind Travelers -- Helen Keller In Vaudeville and In Love -- Sanctified by Affliction, or Not -- Portrait of the (Working) Writer as Blind -- The Secret Life of Art and Accessibility -- The Scylla and Charybdis of Stigma and Superpowers -- The Invisible Gorilla and Other Inattentions -- Constructing Blind Pride Out of Ancient and Evolutionary Blind Memes.
"A probing, witty, and deeply insightful history of blindness--in Western culture and literature, and in the author's own experience--that ranges from Homer to Milton to Braille to Stevie Wonder. M. Leona Godin begins her fascinating, wide-ranging study with an exploration of how the idea of sight is inextricably linked with knowledge and understanding; how "blindness" has, for millennia, been used as a metaphor for ignorance; and how, in metaphorical terms, blindness can also be made to suggest a door to artistic or spiritual transcendence. And she makes clear how all of this has obscured the reality of blindness, as a consequence of which many blind people have to deal not just with their disability but also with expectations of "specialness." Godin illuminates the often surprising history of both the physiological condition and of the ideas that have attached to it. She incorporates analysis of blindness in art and literature (from King Lear to Star Wars) and in culture (assumptions of the blind as pure and magically wise) with the science of blindness and key developments in accessibility (the white cane, seeing eye dogs, eBooks), and with her own experience of gradually losing sight over the course of three decades. Altogether, she gives us a revelation of the centrality of blindness and vision to humanity's understanding of itself and the world"-- Provided by publisher.
9781524748715 hardcover
1524748714 hardcover
1 streaming video file (26 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
The Arthurian Legend (5:37) -- Art and the Arthurian Legend (3:03) -- Mark Twain and T.H. White (4:41) -- 20th Century American Writers (3:13) -- Arthurian Settings (3:06) -- King Arthur and America (3:22)
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What makes the promise of Camelot still resonate in the 21st century? In this program, Barbara and Alan Lupack, authors of King Arthur in America and Arthurian Literature by Women; Debra Mancoff, author of The Arthurian Revival in Victorian Art; and Kevin J. Harty, author of King Arthur on Film, New Essays on Arthurian Cinema, discuss the enduring fascination with King Arthur in Britain and America since the Victorian era. Tennyson's Idylls of the King, Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites, and writings of John Steinbeck, T. H. White, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and others are featured. In addition, Hollywood and pop culture's continuing infatuation with Arthur is explored. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production.
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From the Newbery Honor–winning author of Genesis Begins Again comes a shimmering picture book that shines the light on Zora Neale Hurston, the extraordinary writer and storycatcher extraordinaire who changed the face of American literature. Zora was a girl who hankered for tales like bees for honey. Now, her mama always told her that if she wanted something, "to jump at de sun", because even though you might not land quite that high, at least you'd get off the ground. So Zora jumped from place to place, from the porch of the general store where she listened to folktales, to Howard University, to Harlem. And everywhere she jumped, she shined sunlight on the tales most people hadn't been bothered to listen to until Zora. The tales no one had written down until Zora. Tales on a whole culture of literature overlooked...until Zora. Until Zora jumped.
Electronic reproduction. New York : Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2021. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
9781534419148 (electronic bk)
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