Memoir as Protest: Guest Post by Donna McDonald
McDonald, D. 9 September 2014. ‘Memoir as Protest’ in Australian Women Writers. Donna was diagnosed as deaf when she was three years old and went to a school for deaf children in Brisbane for five years. When Donna was eight years old, her parents enrolled her at a private girls school where she completed her schooling before going on to university.
It was not until Donna was fifty years old that she began to reflect deeply on the impact of her life-long task to ‘fit in’ as a deaf person in a hearing world. She wrote about her journey of discovery in her memoir The Art of Being Deaf.