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25 Oct 2015, 4:35 pm

Imagining Autism: Fiction and Stereotypes on the Spectrum
https://books.google.com/books?id=KhyaCgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false


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25 Oct 2015, 9:10 pm

This looks good. The intro suggests that the author is autistic, which is fantastic because it should be autistics analyzing how they are represented in pop culture.

The only sour note is the name of the fifth chapter "The Autistic Child Narrator". It covers Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, the protagonist of which is fifteen years old. Would we refer to a non-disabled teenager as a child? That really annoys me.

Quick googling revealed that the first chapter appeared in an issue of Disability Studies Quarterly. She talks about Sherlock Holmes, saying that while he helps combat the myths of autistic violence by upholding the law, he shows a worrying capacity for criminal thinking. Good stuff.

There's a similar book you can download on Academia, Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination. (Not certain how legit it is, but I think the author uploaded it. You might need to log in with a university password.) I can't remember how good this book was, but I think this author has an autistic son.


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