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The blind in French society from the Middle Ages to the century of Louis Braille

Author: Zina Weygand
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2009.
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A history of perceptions of the blind and of their integration or lack thereof in French society, this book introduces us to a host of fictional and real individuals and paints a moving picture of  Read more...


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Named Person: Louis Braille
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zina Weygand
ISBN: 9780804757683 0804757682
OCLC Number: 624426414
Notes: Traduction de : Vivre sans voir. 2003.
Description: xiii, 403 pages
Contents: pt. 1. From the Middle Ages to the Classical Age : a paradoxical vision of blindness and the blind. The Middle Ages --
The beginning of modern times --
Groundwork for a history of blindness in the Classical Age --
pt. 2. The eighteenth century : another way of looking at the blind. Sensationalism and sensorial impairments --
Philanthropy and the education of the sensorially impaired --
The move of the Quinze-Vingts and the annuity from the public treasury --
pt. 3. The French Revolution and the blind : an affair of state. The establishment of the Institute for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind (1791-1794) --
The National Institute for Blind Workers --
The merging of the National Institute for Blind Workers and the Hospice of the Quinze-Vingts --
pt. 4. Blindness in France in the early nineteenth century : realities and fictions. The blind in France at the beginning of the nineteenth century --
Social representations and literary figures of blindness in the first third of the nineteenth century --
pt. 5. Blindness in the century of Louis Braille : from productivist utopia to cultural integration. The Quinze-Vingts under the Consulate and the Empire : implementing a productivist utopia --
The Quinze-Vingts under the Restoration : a "memory site" of the ultra-royalist reaction --
The Royal Institute for Blind Youth under the Restoration.
Other Titles: Vivre sans voir.
Responsibility: Zina Weygand ; translated by Emily-Jane Cohen.


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