Autism and Representation

Autism and Representation

by Mark Osteen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415956447

ISBN-13: 9780415956444

Pub. Date: 11/27/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Autism, a neuro-developmental disability, has received wide but often sensationalistic treatment in the popular media. A great deal of clinical and medical research has been devoted to autism, but the traditional humanities disciplines and the new field of Disability Studies have yet to explore it. This volume, the first scholarly book on autism in the humanities,

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Autism, a neuro-developmental disability, has received wide but often sensationalistic treatment in the popular media. A great deal of clinical and medical research has been devoted to autism, but the traditional humanities disciplines and the new field of Disability Studies have yet to explore it. This volume, the first scholarly book on autism in the humanities, brings scholars from several disciplines together with adults on the autism spectrum to investigate the diverse ways that autism has been represented in novels, poems, autobiographies, films, and clinical discourses, and to explore the connections and demarcations between autistic and "neurotypical" creativity. Using an empathetic scholarship that unites professional rigor with experiential knowledge derived from the contributors’ lives with or as autistic people, the essays address such questions as: In what novel forms does autistic creativity appear, and what unusual strengths does it possess? How do autistic representations—whether by or about autistic people—revise conventional ideas of cognition, creativity, language, (dis)ability and sociability? This timely and important collection breaks new ground in literary and film criticism, aesthetics, psychology, and Disability Studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415956444
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/27/2007
Series:
Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies Series
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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Table of Contents

Autism and Representation: A Comprehensive Introduction

Mark Osteen

I. Clinical Constructions

1. No Search, No Subject? Autism and the American Conversion Narrative

James T. Fisher

2. Bruno Bettelheim, Autism, and the Rhetoric of Scientific Authority

Katherine DeMaria Severson, James Arnt Aune, and Denise Jodlowski

3. Constructing Autism: A Brief Genealogy

Majia Holmer Nadesan

II. Autistry

4. Autism and Modernism: A Genealogical Exploration

Patrick McDonagh

5. Autism and the Imagination

Bruce Mills

6. Fractioned Idiom: Poetry and the Language of Autism

Kristina Chew

7. Imagination and Awareness of Self in Autistic Spectrum Poets

Ilona Roth

8. Human, but More So: What the Autistic Brain Tells Us about the Process of Narrative Matthew K. Belmonte

III. Autist Biography

9. Crossing Over: Writing the Autistic Memoir

Debra Cumberland

10. (M)Othering and Autism: Maternal Rhetorics of Self-Revision

Sheryl Stevenson

11. Urinetown: A Chronicle of the Potty Wars

Mark Osteen

IV. Popular Representations

12. Recognizing Jake: Contending with Formulaic and Spectacularized Representations of Autism in Film

Anthony D. Baker

13. Hollywood and the Fascination of Autism

Stuart Murray

14. Film as a Vehicle for Raising Consciousness among Autistic Peers

Phil Schwarz

15. Alterity and Autism: Mark Haddon’s Curious Incident in the Neurological Spectrum James Berger 425

16. Mark Haddon’s Popularity and Other Curious Incidents in My Life as an Autistic

Gyasi Burks-Abbott

Conclusion: Toward an Empathetic Scholarship

Mark Osteen

Contributors

Index

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