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Naming adult autism : culture, science, identity / James McGrath.

By: McGrath, James 1978-.
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Rowman & Littlefield International Ltd, 2017Description: xii, 259 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781783480418.Subject(s): AUTISM | ASPERGER SYNDROME | ADULTS | DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA | CULTURE | SCIENCE | IDENTITY
Contents:
Introduction : Culture and diagnosis -- 'Outsider Science' and literary exclusion : A reply to denials of autistic imagination -- Metaphors and mirrors : The otherness of adult autism -- Against the 'new classic' adult autism : Narratives of gender, intersectionality and progression -- 'Title' -- Performing the names of autism.
Summary: "Naming Adult Autism is one of the first critiques of cultural and medical narratives of Autism to be authored by an adult diagnosed with this condition. Autism is a ‘social disorder’, defined by interactions and lifestyle. Yet, the expectations of normalcy against which Autism is defined have too rarely been questioned. This book demonstrates the value of the Humanities towards developing fuller understandings of Autistic adulthood, adapting theory from Adorno, Foucault and Butler. The chapters expose serious scientific limitations of medical assumptions that Autistic people are gifted at maths but indifferent to fiction. After interrogating such clichés in literature, cinema and television, James McGrath also explores more radical depictions of Autism via novels by Douglas Coupland, Margaret Atwood, Clare Morrall and Meg Wolitzer, plus poems by Les Murray and Joanne Limburg." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-235) and index.

Introduction : Culture and diagnosis -- 'Outsider Science' and literary exclusion : A reply to denials of autistic imagination -- Metaphors and mirrors : The otherness of adult autism -- Against the 'new classic' adult autism : Narratives of gender, intersectionality and progression -- 'Title' -- Performing the names of autism.

"Naming Adult Autism is one of the first critiques of cultural and medical narratives of Autism to be authored by an adult diagnosed with this condition. Autism is a ‘social disorder’, defined by interactions and lifestyle. Yet, the expectations of normalcy against which Autism is defined have too rarely been questioned. This book demonstrates the value of the Humanities towards developing fuller understandings of Autistic adulthood, adapting theory from Adorno, Foucault and Butler. The chapters expose serious scientific limitations of medical assumptions that Autistic people are gifted at maths but indifferent to fiction. After interrogating such clichés in literature, cinema and television, James McGrath also explores more radical depictions of Autism via novels by Douglas Coupland, Margaret Atwood, Clare Morrall and Meg Wolitzer, plus poems by Les Murray and Joanne Limburg." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE

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