[MGSA-L] The Odyssey into American Sign Language

June Samaras june.samaras at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 18:05:09 PDT 2020

August 21, 2020

Epic Signs
by Alex Z. Salinas (B.A. ’11, M.A. ’19)

In Greece in the eighth century B.C., Homer began composing an epic poem,
The Odyssey, which would become one of history’s most influential pieces of
literature. More than a millennia later, the classic has been translated
into American Sign Language (ASL) for the first time — by a St. Mary’s
University graduate student.

Leigh Ann Cowan, a student in the Master of Arts in English Literature and
Language program at St. Mary’s, said her choice of base text came down to
The Odyssey or the similarly aged epic poem Beowulf.

“In Spring 2019, I had passingly mentioned to Dr. Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill
(Graduate Program Director of Professor of English Literature and Language)
that an ASL interpretation of a classical piece of literature was something
I really wanted to do,” said Cowan, who was born deaf.

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