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Description - The Naming of Adult Autism by Dr. James McGrath

Naming Adult Autism is one of the first critiques of cultural and medical narratives of Autism to be authored by an adult diagnosed with this condition.

Autism is a 'social disorder', defined by interactions and lifestyle. Yet, the expectations of normalcy against which Autism is defined have too rarely been questioned. This book demonstrates the value of the Humanities towards developing fuller understandings of Autistic adulthood, adapting theory from Adorno, Foucault and Butler.

The chapters expose serious scientific limitations of medical assumptions that Autistic people are gifted at maths but indifferent to fiction. After interrogating such cliches in literature, cinema and television, James McGrath also explores more radical depictions of Autism via novels by Douglas Coupland, Margaret Atwood, Clare Morrall and Meg Wolitzer, plus poems by Les Murray and Joanne Limburg.

Follow this link to see James McGrath in conversation with Kelly-Anne Watson at Leeds Beckett University:

Follow this link to view a content breakdown of the above interview:

Follow this link to read a 'Seeking Sara' blog interview with James:

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781783480418
ISBN-10: 1783480416
Format: Paperback / softback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 190
Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield International
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
Publish Date: 19-Dec-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dr. James McGrath

James McGrath lectures in Cultural Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University. Since 2003, he has been researching and publishing on interdisciplinary approaches to autism, as well as producing academic work on popular music.

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