Abbé Sicard’s deaf education : empowering the mute, 1785-1820

By Emmet Kennedy

Abbé Sicard's deaf education : empowering the mute, 1785-1820 by Emmet Kennedy
Added July 10, 2017

"Sicard was a French revolutionary priest who enjoyed a meteoric rise from Toulouse and Bordeaux to Paris. Despite the fact that he was a non-juror, he escaped the guillotine. In fact, the revolutionaries acknowledged him as one of the great creators of sign language. In the Terror of 1794, they made him the director of the first school for the deaf, and later he became a member of the first Ecole Normale of 1794, the National Institute, and the Acade;mie Française. He is recognized today as having developed Enlightenment theories of pantomime, "signing, ' (and hopefully a "universal language") that later spread to Russia, Spain, and America. No book-length biography of Sicard has been published in any language since 1873, even though Sicard became an international "celebrity." My story is of interest to French and American language and deaf studies as well as to the history of the French Revolution and Napoleon" ~ Provided by publisher

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