Autism and Representation (Routledge Research in Cultural by Mark Osteen

By Mark Osteen

Autism, a neuro-developmental incapacity, has bought huge yet frequently sensationalistic remedy within the renowned media. loads of scientific and clinical examine has been dedicated to autism, however the conventional humanities disciplines and the hot box of incapacity stories haven't begun to discover it. This quantity, the 1st scholarly ebook on autism within the humanities, brings students from a number of disciplines including adults at the autism spectrum to enquire the varied ways in which autism has been represented in novels, poems, autobiographies, motion pictures, and medical discourses, and to discover the connections and demarcations among autistic and "neurotypical" creativity. utilizing an empathetic scholarship that unites specialist rigor with experiential wisdom derived from the individuals’ lives with or as autistic humans, the essays tackle such questions as: In what novel types does autistic creativity look, and what strange strengths does it own? How do autistic representations--whether through or approximately autistic people--revise traditional rules of cognition, creativity, language, (dis)ability and sociability? This well timed and demanding assortment breaks new floor in literary and movie feedback, aesthetics, psychology, and incapacity experiences.

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That Donald and Isabelle can sustain a relationship may suggest that autistic people have the same needs and desires as others, but the film mostly affirms conventional ideas about marriage and mainstream views of normality. It thus exemplifies Murray’s thesis: autism films invariably lapse into formula or sentimentality and certify neurotypical values. In addressing a neurotypical audience, these films are, of course, seeking commercial success. But can autistic viewers find themselves in them?

His authorial position therefore fits the masking pattern we’ve detected in other autist autobiographies: by investigating and inhabiting the lives of other autistic adults, Nazeer not only learns that his original aims for the book were autistically rigid (88), but also solidifies a hybrid adult identity that is at times autistic, at other times neurotypical. Thus Nazeer resists reifying autism, instead offering complex examples that demonstrate again that autism is not one thing but many different things.

Tirone Smith inadvertently invokes the shade of Bruno Bettelheim in her description of her parents. Although her saintly father, Yutch, comes home every day from his job at a ball-bearing plant to cook and care for Tyler, her mother, Florence—a brittle, selfish woman always “on the verge of a breakdown” who once fractures Mary-Ann’s arm while punishing her—seems more interested in perfecting her golf game than in dealing with her son. Though the author doesn’t say so explicitly, she implies that Yutch’s refusal to get help and Florence’s chilly neglect added to Tyler’s—and Mary-Ann’s (Mickey’s)—problems.

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