Stories of Autism: What the Rise of Books on Autism Tells Us About, Well, Autism

Dani Alexis Ryskamp

Abstract


Publications on autism have exploded in recent years, as "Autism Spectrum Disorder" becomes not only a diagnostic category, but a cultural phenomenon.  In this piece, I review and analyze five major works on autism published between 2014 and 2016: In A Different Key, by John Donvan and Caryn Zucker; Autism and Gender, by Jordynn Jack; War on Autism, by Anne McGuire; Uniquely Human, by Barry Prizant; and The ABCs of Autism Acceptance, by Sparrow Rose Jones.  In reviewing these works, I analyze both the points at which they merge and the points at which they diverge, and I explore the ways in which these points construct, contribute to, and/or complicate our understanding of "what autism is."

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v37i1.5526

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