Introduction To American Deaf Culture By Thomas K. Holcomb

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In Introduction To American Deaf Culture, Thomas K. Holcomb provides an insightful view of the Deaf culture and paints an inclusive picture of how the Deaf community functions and thrives in the world. In each chapter, proficient evidence is supplied to draw the audience (myself in this experience) in to the topics and make them think more thoughtfully about how the Deaf culture should be viewed. From the start, the audience is brought into this book on a personal level with an introduction from the author. In this intro, the major points of this book are previewed to prepare the audience for what is coming. The second chapter defines culture and gives examples of how the Deaf culture fits in with the others. This is seen with the five hallmarks …show more content…
Chapter 13 expands on the diversity within the Deaf community and how it can be viewed in both positive and negative light (Holcomb 267). Holcomb introduces the universality of the Deaf experience across the world in chapter 14, with remarks on the barriers and ways to overcome them (289). Lastly, Holcomb predicts three different futures for the Deaf community: a thriving community (304), and vanishing community (309), and a growing multihandicapped community (310). Within this book, four major topics were presented. These being: that Deaf culture meets the criteria to be defined as a definite culture; that ASL is a legitimate language; that the Deaf have a major impact on art and literature; and that the Deaf culture is vastly …show more content…
Holcomb mentions, “Deaf art allows Deaf people’s lives to be better understood by outsiders” (193), which grasps the fact that the art makes an impression on both groups of audiences, members of the Deaf community, and nonmembers. The influence of the art and literature is shown in the examples given in both fields with ample information of the responses to those pieces. I found this topic to be very compelling and interesting, since both factors are something I enjoy. I was also drawn into this topic because I have watched several of the movies described here, and happen to be a big fan of Marlee Matlin. Exhibiting major pieces of literature and art made the information more captivating, serving its

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