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The author of the book: Sonya Freeman Loftis
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 749 KB
Edition: Indiana University Press
Date of issue: December 1st 2015
ISBN: 0253018005
ISBN 13: 9780253018007

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A disorder that is only just beginning to find a place in disability studies and activism, autism remains in large part a mystery, giving rise to both fear and fascination. Sonya Freeman Loftis’s groundbreaking study examines literary representations of autism or autistic behavior to discover what impact they have had on cultural stereotypes, autistic culture, and the identity politics of autism. Imagining Autism looks at fictional characters (and an author or two) widely understood as autistic, ranging from Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Harper Lee’s Boo Radley to Mark Haddon’s boy detective Christopher Boone and Steig Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander. The silent figure trapped inside himself, the savant made famous by his other-worldly intellect, the brilliant detective linked to the criminal mastermind by their common neurology—these characters become protean symbols, stand-ins for the chaotic forces of inspiration, contagion, and disorder. They are also part of the imagined lives of the autistic, argues Loftis, sometimes for good, sometimes threatening to undermine self-identity and the activism of the autistic community.
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Ebook Imagining Autism: Fiction and Stereotypes on the Spectrum read Online! Sonya Freeman Loftis is an associate professor of Shakespeare at Morehouse College. Her work on autism is strongly influenced by her personal experiences as an autistic, while her work on Shakespeare is inspired by—well, her deep and abiding and unyielding and boundless passion for Shakespeare. In 2015, chapter three of Imagining Autism received honorable mention for the Society for Disability Studies Irving K. Zola Award for “best emerging scholar in the field of disability studies.” Sonya is also a wife and mother. Her husband is not jealous when she says that Shakespeare is “the light of her life.”

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