Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (Thought in the Act)

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Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (Thought in the Act)

Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (Thought in the Act)

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As an autistic psychotherapy student who is already familiar with these issues, I appreciated Yergeau's insights on agency, neuroqueer activism, and socialization from the lens of an autistic scholar, and I think if you're willing to take a long walk to get to those thoughts, you will enjoy this book, too. While behaviorism makes no claim of cure, it does make claims of optimal outcomes, lessened severity, and residual (as opposed to full blown) disability, Recoverym then, is not the process of becoming straight or cisgender or nondisabled, but is rather the process of faking the becoming of normativity. Through six sections entitled: involution, intention, intervention, invitation, invention, and indexicality, Authoring Autism directs the attention of its readers to several paradoxes that the medical and psychological rhetoric of autism inhabits.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. It is essential reading for anyone who does rhetorical theory, and it will transform not only how we think about who a rhetor can be, but also what rhetoric should be. This is without doubt the most thoroughgoing, rigorous, and creative work on authoring autism I have read.Also, as a person who uses a screen reader (because of autism-related visual processing issues), I found it bitterly ironic how poorly formatted this book was for those who use assistive technologies. I bought it because it was recommended in Neuroqueer Heresies: Notes on the Neurodiversity Paradigm, Autistic Empowerment, and Postnormal Possibilities, a book that I very much appreciated. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. and, to be honest, it's made me reluctant to pursue either an unofficial or official diagnosis –– unofficial because while I too struggle with intentionality and subtext in verbal communication in particular, I do not experience the physical difficulties Yergeau charts here as part of her experience, official because the book leaves no doubt that autistic folks face very real discrimination and condescension on the basis of that diagnosis.

Not only does Yergeau do a fantastic job of giving you a well-rounded understanding of these issues by the end of the book, they make these issues important to you in a way they never were. Yergeau carefully intertwines lived experience, autistic memoir, clinical discourse, and humanities theory (particularly rhetorical studies, narrative theory, disability studies, and queer theory) to achieve a highly insightful hybrid discourse.I would consider myself educated; I'm in the first year of my masters degree at the time of writing this. I am delighted to have learned so much about autism and behavioral development--two subjects I would not normally seek out. yergeau argues that, regardless of whether they literally speak or not, autistics *do* possess rhetorical capacities in their embodied intentionality, which is socially oriented to a more-than-human world. Yergeau (211) disrupts the gaze of medical experts and in so doing contends that the "ga(y)ze" of autism offers fruitful contributions toward reconceptualizing rhetoric in a manner that simultaneously acknowledges and refuses its current role in the exclusions of disabled peoples and in particular, autistic peoples.



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