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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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(p.104) Chapter 3 Witnessing
Representing Autism
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This chapter concentrates on the questions of visualising autism. It explores the nature of the looks and stares, and the detail of the gaze and its consequences. It discusses the ideas of looking and watching, as well as the notion of witnessing. The images of those with autism constitute a form of witnessing. The presence of autism in a number of high–profile commercial feature films is reviewed. These films reveal that autism becomes central in terms of both image and narrative at key moments in the construction of their fictions. This chapter suggests that those with autism may have incredible compensatory skills, or may instruct others in valuable lessons about humanity.

Keywords:   autism, witnessing, image, narrative, compensatory skills, humanity

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