When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf
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When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf

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The authoritative statement on the deaf, their education, and their struggle against prejudice.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
ebook, 560 pages
Published August 4th 2010 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1984)
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Jan 29, 2008 Jessiane rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested or affected by deafness
Recommended to Jessiane by: Class materials for ASL
Again, I read this for ASL. I thought it was very insightful into deaf culture and their history. How all the varied approaches to the deaf have come about and again, how we shouldn't decide for everyone who is deaf what is best for them, especially if you don't even now someone personally who is deaf.
Nov 07, 2007 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Deaf history, culture, and ASL
Hearing people need to do a lot more listening and stop assuming that we know what is best for everyone. This is a fascinating history of deaf education in Europe and the US.
I just started this book but quite a few things have stood out. For instance, we need to see the deaf as having a language barrier and not a disability.
Amy Rae
If you enjoy narrative non-fiction, you might well enjoy When the Mind Hears far more than I did. As I get older, I get more and more curmudgeonly about books like these; I don't need a history book to read like a novel before I give a damn, and in fact, it often puts me off.

While Lane's choice to write in a long-dead man's voice makes a striking point about the nature of history as a carefully told narrative (echoed by the way he very consciously writes as himself at the end of the book), it's...more
I have already studied the history of sign language, deaf culture, and deaf education. So the history points were not that much of a learning point for me. I read this to prepare for my interpretation certification test. It is ok. I can see how someone who hasn"t learned the history would find this book facinsating (so for those of you who dont know , then read it ). I already knew that so I was looking at the writing. I thought it was interesting that he wrote from Clerc's point of view but bey...more
Harlan Lane is a phenomenal author. I think that anyone who actually knows Deaf culture and history (and has a passion for it) will love this book. In fact, I think the more you know about it, the more inspiring this book will be. The people I've heard complain about this book are usually novice ASL students who do not know the language, culture, and history of the Deaf (and are required to read it for class). Don't let the size of the book scare you off. If you are really interested in Deaf cul...more
May 30, 2009 Kathleen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in the Deafness, American Sign Language and the history of both.
Recommended to Kathleen by: College Professors
I am giving this book 5 stars because it is full of SO MUCH information. Reading the book was slow for me since I normally read stories not informational books. I would read a few chapters, set it down for a while and come back. I when I finished the entire book I felt acomplished. :) hehe. This is a must read for anyone interesting in the history of American Sign Language and Deafness.
This is the true story of Deaf history in America, it is a great but frustrating book. Frustrating because idiotic people throughout time try again and again to force oralism on the Deaf and destroy everything that has been worked for. There is much to be gained from this book and I would recommend it to anyone.
A really great book, packed with history, information, and perspective. I am rating it four stars only because it can get a little slow at times. Otherwise, phenomenally written and passionately persuasive.
I enjoyed this book the first time I read it in college but the second reading fascinated me. Maybe that's the difference in required reading and reading for pleasure
It is a history of deaf people. There were few things I didn't know prior to reading this book. This book is a keeper.
It can be long and a bit lugubrious at times but over all it's better than reading a text book on Deaf history.
If you want to satisfy your curiosity as to how and why we are what we are, this one has all the information.
This book had far too many details for my taste, but other than that it was pretty good.
This book has a lot of great information, but not great writing.
Full of information and detail. A lot to take in.
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Harlan Lane is a Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University. His research focuses on speech production and perception in hearing and deaf people and on the culture, history and manual language of the deaf world.

--from the author's website
More about Harlan Lane...
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