Awkward silences?: Inclusivity and the spectacle of speech disability

Mattacks, K. (2010) Awkward silences?: Inclusivity and the spectacle of speech disability. Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. ISSN 1748-3727 Available from:

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This article explores the myth that the Victorians were preoccupied with removing the disabled from public view. Rather the huge number of melodramas that figure characters who cannot speak place these images on view in a complex negotiation between inclusivity through demonstrations of sign language and audience-driven spectacle.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:melodrama, disability, performance, sign language
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:10534
Deposited By: E. Cholerton
Deposited On:23 Jul 2010 12:35
Last Modified:17 Nov 2016 14:47

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