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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Mean Little Deaf Queer

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ISBN13: 9780807072905
ISBN10: 0807072907
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When Terry Galloway was born on Halloween, no one knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system. After her family moved from Berlin, Germany, to Austin, Texas, hers became a deafening, hallucinatory childhood where everything, including her own body, changed for the worse. But those unwelcome changes awoke in this particular child a dark, defiant humor that fueled her lifelong obsessions with language, duplicity, and performance.

As a ten-year-old self-proclaimed "child freak," she acted out her fury at 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 and performance—onstage and off—to defy and transcend her reality. With disarming candor, Terry writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and her life 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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In 1959, the year Terry Galloway 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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About the Author

Terry Galloway is the founder of the Actual Lives writing and performance programs; a founding member of Esthers Follies, Texass legendary  cabaret; and the cofounder of the Mickee Faust Academy for the REALLY Dramatic Arts. Her solo theater piece Out All Night and Lost My Shoes is considered one of the foundational texts in the history of disability performance. She lives with her partner in life and art, Donna Marie Nudd, and splits her time between Austin and Tallahassee, Florida.

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dawn betts-green, December 28, 2009 (view all comments by dawn betts-green)
I am fortunate enough to live in the same city the author calls her sometime home and heard her speak to a class here at FSU. Both in person and on paper, Galloway is brutally honest and brilliant. You can't help but get caught up in her life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807072905
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Author:
Galloway, Terry
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Lesbians -- United States.
Subject:
Deaf women -- United States.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Specific Groups - Lesbians
Subject:
Gay Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090601
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.50 x 5.50 in

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Product details 248 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807072905 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In 1959, the year Terry Galloway 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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