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Reflections : The Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Post-Revolutionary France - Therese-Adele Husson


The Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Post-Revolutionary France

By: Therese-Adele Husson, Catherine Kudlick (Translator), Zina Weygand (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2002
ISBN: 9780814747469
Number Of Pages: 155

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In the 1820s, several years before Braille was invented, Therese-Adele Husson, a young blind woman from provincial France, wrote an audacious manifesto about her life, French society, and her hopes for the future. Through extensive research and scholarly detective work, authors Catherine Kudlick and Zina Weygand have rescued this intriguing woman and the remarkable story of her life and tragic death from obscurity, giving readers a rare look into a world recorded by an unlikely historical figure.

Reflections is one of the earliest recorded manifestations of group solidarity among people with the same disability, advocating self-sufficiency and independence on the part of blind people, encouraging education for all blind children, and exploring gender roles for both men and women. Resolutely defying the sense of "otherness" which pervades discourse about the disabled, Husson instead convinces us that that blindness offers a fresh and important perspective on both history and ourselves.

In rescuing this important historical account and recreating the life of an obscure but potent figure, Weygand and Kudlick have awakened a perspective that transcends time and which, ultimately, remaps our inherent ideas of physical sensibility

Industry Reviews

"Offering insight into the compelling history of people with disabilities, this is one of the earliest accounts written by someone with an actual disability rather than by an observer or educator."

-Library Journal

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Reflections on the Physical and Moral Condition of the Blindp. 15
Note on the Author's Youthp. 67
Reflections on a Manuscript, a Life, and a Worldp. 75
Notesp. 143
About the Authorsp. 155
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ISBN: 9780814747469
ISBN-10: 0814747469
Series: History of Disability (Hardcover)
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 155
Published: 1st February 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.35