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The Resource Blind rage : letters to Helen Keller, Georgina Kleege

Blind rage : letters to Helen Keller, Georgina Kleege

Label
Blind rage : letters to Helen Keller
Title
Blind rage
Title remainder
letters to Helen Keller
Statement of responsibility
Georgina Kleege
Creator
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Through a series of letters written by Kleege to Keller, criticizes the Helen Keller myth for its unrealistic model for blind people, yet appreciates Keller as one who found a practical way to live despite the restrictions of her myth
  • "As a young blind girl, Georgina Kleege repeatedly heard the refrain, "Why can't you be more like Helen Keller?" Kleege's resentment culminates in her book Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller, an ingenious examination of the life of this renowned international figure using 21st-century sensibilities. Kleege's absorption with Keller originated as an angry response to the ideal of a secular saint, which no real blind or deaf person could ever emulate. However, her investigation into the genuine person revealed that a much more complex set of characters and circumstances shaped Keller's life. Blind Rage employs an adroit form of creative nonfiction to review the critical junctures in Keller's life. The simple facts about Helen Keller are well-known: how Anne Sullivan taught her deaf-blind pupil to communicate and learn; her impressive career as a Radcliffe graduate and author; her countless public appearances in various venues, from cinema to vaudeville, to campaigns for the American Foundation for the Blind. But Kleege delves below the surface to question the perfection of this image. Through the device of her letters, she challenges Keller to reveal her actual emotions, the real nature of her long relationship with Sullivan, with Sullivan's husband, and her brief engagement to Peter Fagan. Kleege's imaginative dramatization, distinguished by her depiction of Keller's command of abstract sensations, gradually shifts in perspective from anger to admiration. Blind Rage criticizes the Helen Keller myth for prolonging an unrealistic model for blind people, yet it appreciates the individual who found a practical way to live despite the restrictions of her myth"--Publisher's website
Summary
As a young blind girl, Georgina Kleege felt enormous pressure to emulate the remarkable achievements of Helen Keller. Later, as an English professor at the U. of California, Berkeley, she questioned the perfect image of this "secular saint" and undertook to uncover the story of the real Helen Keller. Using a series of letters to Keller as a literary device, she criticizes the Keller mythology that promotes an unrealistic model for blind people. Ultimately, she also expresses her genuine admiration for this complex woman who managed to make a life for herself despite the restrictions of her myth. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
209588
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kleege, Georgina
Dewey number
  • 362.4/1092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
HV1624.K4
LC item number
A3 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WZ 112
NLM item number
K638b 2006
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True
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  • Keller, Helen
  • Kleege, Georgina
  • Keller, Helen
  • Kleege, Georgina
  • Deafblind women
  • Blind
  • Blind
  • Deafblind women
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
letters to Helen Keller
Label
Blind rage : letters to Helen Keller, Georgina Kleege
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 209)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Consciousness on trial -- Full body contact -- Working the pump -- The hand's memory
Control code
ocm68373294
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 209 pages
Isbn
9781563682957
Lccn
2006014539
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781563682957
System control number
(OCoLC)68373294
Label
Blind rage : letters to Helen Keller, Georgina Kleege
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 209)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Consciousness on trial -- Full body contact -- Working the pump -- The hand's memory
Control code
ocm68373294
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 209 pages
Isbn
9781563682957
Lccn
2006014539
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781563682957
System control number
(OCoLC)68373294

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