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Representing AutismCulture, Narrative, Fascination$
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Stuart Murray

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310911

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314667

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Presences: autistic difference

Presences: autistic difference

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(p.27) Chapter 1 Presences: autistic difference
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Representing Autism
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314667.004

This chapter presents a discussion of autistic presence. It analyses in detail the system of Leo Kanner. Kanner's clinical method introduced a foundational dimension to the understanding of autism. This chapter also explores Amanda Baggs' ‘In My Language’, Temple Grandin's Thinking in Pictures, and Donna Williams' Autism — An Inside–Out Approach. Baggs, Grandin, and Williams are only the most familiar of those figures involved in autistic autobiography. It then makes much of Herman Melville's character Bartleby in the story ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’. Melville's story tells a working representation of autism's possibilities.

Keywords:   autistic presence, Leo Kanner, autism, Amanda Baggs, Temple Grandin, Donna Williams, autistic autobiography, Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener

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