ASL Literature was always a small part of the ASL acquisition course. This course explores the literary forms and themes that are particular to works produced by Deaf people themselves, for example, storytelling using number or alphabet handshapes and visual rhyme, ASL poetry, Deaf Humor, 'Deaf Rap', etc. Students view examples of these forms on videotape, analyze and discuss them and they also practice their own ASL storytelling techniques, retelling literary pieces and composing original works. The aim of this course is for students to have the opportunity to experience the creative work and to appreciate signed literature beyond the scope of the narrative. Understanding the background, cultural and linguistic community of the signers will also be emphasized.
Course code: SIGN 3500
Length: 48 hours
PrerequisitesSIGN 2500 Deaf Literature
CorequisitesSIGN 3100 ASL 3, SIGN 3200 ASL LAB 3, SIGN 3300 Deaf Culture and Community 3
& SIGN 3400 Becoming an Ally 3
* Fees are approximate and subject to change. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
† This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.