Book ID: CBB661878469

Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (2018)


Yergeau, Melanie (Author)

Duke University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 313
Language: English

In Authoring Autism Melanie Yergeau defines neurodivergence as an identity—neuroqueerness—rather than an impairment. Using a queer theory framework, Yergeau notes the stereotypes that deny autistic people their humanity and the chance to define themselves while also challenging cognitive studies scholarship and its reification of the neurological passivity of autistics. She also critiques early intensive behavioral interventions—which have much in common with gay conversion therapy—and questions the ableist privileging of intentionality and diplomacy in rhetorical traditions. Using storying as her method, she presents an alternative view of autistic rhetoricity by foregrounding the cunning rhetorical abilities of autistics and by framing autism as a narrative condition wherein autistics are the best-equipped people to define their experience. Contending that autism represents a queer way of being that simultaneously embraces and rejects the rhetorical, Yergeau shows how autistic people queer the lines of rhetoric, humanity, and agency. In so doing, she demonstrates how an autistic rhetoric requires the reconceptualization of rhetoric’s very essence.

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Authors & Contributors
Bo Ruberg
Clarke, David D.
Nerlich, Brigitte
Cifoletti, Giovanna C.
Pezeshk, Banafsheh Violet
Madero, James
History of the Human Sciences
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Intellectual History Review
Social Studies of Science
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadien d'Histoire de la Medecine
University of Washington Press
United States International University
University of Iowa
Fordham University Press
Lexington Books
University of Surrey (United Kingdom)
Queer analysis
Rhetoric, as a discipline
Disabilities; disability; accessibility
Technology and culture
Valla, Lorenzo
Viète, François de la Bigotière
Patrizi, Francesco
Rorschach, Hermann
Great Britain
United States
21st century
20th century
16th century
Early modern
20th century, late
19th century
La Fédération québécoise de l’autisme

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