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Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination

Stuart Murray

Abstract

From concerns of an ‘autism epidemic’ to the MMR vaccine crisis, autism is a source of peculiar fascination in the contemporary media. Discussion of the condition has been largely framed within medicine, psychiatry and education but there has been no exploration of its power within representative narrative forms. This book tackles this approach, using contemporary fiction and memoir writing, film, photography, drama and documentary together with older texts to set the contemporary fascination with autism in context. It analyses and evaluates the place of autism within contemporary culture and ... More

Keywords: autism, epidemic, MMR vaccine, crisis, contemporary fiction, medicine, psychiatry, education, representative narrative forms, memoir writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781846310911
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314667

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Murray, author