Tag Archives: deaf

“Moonlight” and silence

Anne Jacobson Oak Park, Illinois, United States   Woman at the Piano. 1875/76. Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The Art Institute of Chicago. At seventeen, I knew little about the limitations or losses that might cause a person to second-guess a vocation, deeply held belief, or identity. Perhaps those questions about the unknowable future inhabit the soul of […]

Sign Gene: the first deaf superhero film

Paul Dakin North London, United Kingdom   Sign Gene, the world’s first deaf superhero film. Written and directed by Emilio Insolera. Image published with permission. If the superhero genre really is “about transformation, about identity, about difference,”1 then the description can readily be applied to Sign Gene, the world’s first deaf superhero film. Written and […]

“Super” heroes: Special powers in deaf characters

Paul Dakin London, United Kingdom Echo (Marvel Comics) In 2012 Marvel Comics produced a cover featuring New Hampshire Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s four-year-old grandson Anthony as Blue Ear, a superhero wearing a hearing aid. Anthony refused the prosthetic because superheroes did not wear them. His mother contacted the company hoping to find an inspirational example and […]

New life

Hannah Joyner Takoma Park, Maryland, USA    Photography by dierk schaefer At first I thought I had a sinus infection, expecting to come home with a course of antibiotics. The doctor initially agreed, but when he heard my account of facial numbness spreading around my left eye, he referred me immediately to a neurologist, who […]

Dr. Arrieta and Francisco Goya

  Self Portrait with Dr. Arrieta Francisco de Goya, 1820 William W. Stringer Los Angeles, California, United States   Francisco Goya (1746-1828) was a deaf Spanish painter who almost died of a severe, unknown illness in 1819.1 He painted this self-portrait in 1820 to illustrate the kind and attentive care provided by Dr. Arrieta.2 In […]