By Mark Osteen
Autism, a neuro-developmental incapacity, has got broad yet usually sensationalistic remedy within the well known media. loads of medical and scientific study has been dedicated to autism, however the conventional humanities disciplines and the hot box of incapacity experiences haven't begun to discover it. This quantity, the 1st scholarly e-book on autism within the humanities, brings students from a number of disciplines including adults at the autism spectrum to enquire the various ways in which autism has been represented in novels, poems, autobiographies, movies, 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 participants’ lives with or as autistic humans, the essays handle such questions as: In what novel kinds does autistic creativity seem, and what strange strengths does it own? How do autistic representations--whether by means of or approximately autistic people--revise traditional principles of cognition, creativity, language, (dis)ability and sociability? This well timed and significant assortment breaks new floor in literary and movie feedback, aesthetics, psychology, and incapacity reports.
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But Rainer could surely save Timmy if only given a chance: in one scene, Timmy magically stops stimming as soon as Rainer claps his hands. Eventually Rainer induces Timmy to use his superhuman powers of mimicry to replay the sounds of the murder; Timmy later impersonates the sheriff to trick his sister into giving herself away as the murderer. Yet we also learn that Timmy can speak in his own voice when he has a compelling reason to do so. Autism, in short, is represented as a performance, a brand of ventriloquism that can be exploited or exploded by an ingenious shrink.
As in the classic Bildungsroman, Lou discovers his vocation; yet this vocation seems to unravel the self-formation he has undergone up to that point. How ironic that autistic agency is ultimately employed here to choose not to be autistic! ” That is, can individual autists fashion personal norms and use them Introduction 39 to achieve self-fulfillment? Certainly. But those norms would ideally emerge from within autism and eventually be integrated with it. Though we root for Lou, he’s difficult to love because he doesn’t seem to love himself.
Haddon does not entirely sidestep the pitfalls that doom other popular representations of autism. ” And 40 Osteen though Haddon poignantly dramatizes the trials involved in rearing even an extremely talented autist such as Christopher, he also invokes the shade of Bettelheim in Judy’s decision to abandon her son and husband. Christopher, then, does serve partly as a yardstick for his parents’ behavior and as a catalyst for their emotional problems. In addition, Christopher’s mathematical gifts fit popular notions of the autistic savant, and his eccentricities conform to what Murray calls a “media conception of autism” (38–9).
Autism and Representation (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies) by Mark Osteen