The Hand of The Silent Worker: Reading an ASL imageword

Pamela J. Kincheloe


The essay argues that the attempt to represent ASL in two dimensions is not a new, postmodern phenomenon, but is instead one that is embedded in deaf history at least as far back as the nineteenth century.  The essay then provides a close, historically contextual reading of a particular illustration from the October 1928 issue of The Silent Worker, showing evidence of a multivocal imageword; a successful two dimensional representation of ASL, depicted in a clash with the heteroglossic English text with which it appears.


Little Paper Family; The Silent Worker; Nineteenth Century American Periodicals; Visual Culture; Deaf History; Deaf Culture

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