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
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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.
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