Mean little deaf queer : a memoir (Book, 2009) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Mean little deaf queer : a memoir

Author: Terry Galloway
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2009]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1959, the year the author turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf. As a self-proclaimed "child freak," she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children. Ever  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Terry Galloway; Terry Galloway
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terry Galloway
ISBN: 9780807072905 0807072907 9780807073315 0807073318
OCLC Number: 244246655
Notes: The Cushing Library/Women & Gender Studies copy was acquired as part of The Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture.
Description: xvii, 230 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: Nine --
Part I: Drowning. Them and me ; Visions ; Presto change-o ; Meaner ; The performance of drowning ; Lost boy --
Part II: Passing. Little-d deaf ; On being told no ; Passing strange ; Drag acts ; Shhhhhh! ; Jobs for the deaf ; The shallow end --
Part III: Emerging. Scare ; Who died and what killed them ; Why I should matter --
Epilogue: A happy life....
Responsibility: Terry Galloway.

Abstract:

In 1959, the year the author turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf. As a self-proclaimed "child freak," she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children. Ever since that first real-life performance, Galloway has used theater, whether onstage or off, to defy and transcend her reality. With disarming candor, she writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and living in a silent, quirky world populated by unforgettable characters. What could have been a bitter litany of complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on life.
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