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Sight UnseenGender and Race Through Blind Eyes$
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Ellyn Kaschak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172905

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172905.001.0001

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Double Blind

Double Blind

Gabrielle

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(p.144) 9 Double Blind
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Sight Unseen
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Ellyn Kaschak

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172905.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the other half of the pair of blind twins discussed in the previous chapter—Gabrielle. Curiously, despite both sisters' insistence that they are, in fact, “identical” twins, Gabrielle possesses some rather striking physical differences from those of her sister, including a shorter stature. This situation alone bears some consideration with regards to a blind perception of what being “identical” means, especially in a world where so much stock is placed on appearances. Like her sister, Gabrielle also struggles to learn the “sighted” language, and what this means in a racial and gendered context. More profound still is her closeness with her twin sister Abigail, as their intimacy no doubt makes it easier for both of them to navigate the sighted world.

Keywords:   physical differences, Gabrielle, Abigail, twins, language, appearances

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