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Disability Studies and Spanish CultureFilms, Novels, the Comic and the Public Exhibition$
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Benjamin Fraser

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318702

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318702.001.0001

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Envisioning Autism

Envisioning Autism

(p.34) Chapter 2 Envisioning Autism
Disability Studies and Spanish Culture

Benjamin Fraser

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes the comic María y yo (2007, Miguel Gallardo) and the film based on the that comic, also titled María y yo (2010, Félix Fernández de Castro). Both cultural products portray the relationship between graphic artist Miguel Gallardo and María Gallardo, his daughter who has autism. A contrast is made between the two works regarding the discourse of disability as infirmity/tragedy model of disability, which is emphasized in the film but not in the comic. Moreover, Gallardo's visual style and autobiographical approach to María's autism in the comic itself and its inclusion of pictograms are contextualized via discussion of Temple Grandin's reflections on autism and visuality in her published works.

Keywords:   María y yo, comic, film, autism, Miguel Gallardo, Temple Grandin, visuality, pictograms, autobiographical approach

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