The Blind in French Society from the Middle Ages to the Century of Louis Braille

byZina WeygandTranslated byEmily-jane Cohen

August 7, 2009|
The Blind in French Society from the Middle Ages to the Century of Louis Braille by Zina Weygand
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The integration of the blind into society has always meant taking on prejudices and inaccurate representations. Weygand''s highly accessible anthropological and cultural history introduces us to both real and imaginary figures from the past, uncovering French attitudes towards the blind from the Middle Ages through the first half of the nineteenth century. Much of the book, however, centers on the eighteenth century, the enlightened age of Diderot''s emblematic blind man and of the Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, founded by Valentin Haüy, the great benefactor of blind people.

Weygand paints a moving picture of the blind admitted to the institutions created for them and of the conditions under which they lived, from the officially-sanctioned beggars of the medieval Quinze-Vingts to the cloth makers of the Institute for Blind Workers. She has also uncovered their fictional counterparts in an impressive array of poems, plays, and novels.The book concludes with Braille, whose invention of writing with raised dots gave blind people around the world definitive access to silent reading and to written communication.

Zina Weygand is a researcher at the Centre de Recherche sur le Travail et le Développement at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris.
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Title:The Blind in French Society from the Middle Ages to the Century of Louis BrailleFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:424 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.1 inShipping dimensions:424 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.1 inPublished:August 7, 2009Publisher:Stanford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0804757682

ISBN - 13:9780804757683

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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