Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
ABA’s activists adult allistic Applied Behavior Analysis asexual asocial Asperger Syndrome Asperger’s Autism and Developmental Autism Research Autism Speaks Autism Spectrum Disorders autistic child autistic children autistic culture autistic people’s autistic rhetoricity Baron-Cohen behaviorist blog body bodyminds brain Burke chapter childhood cisgender claim clinical clinicians cognitive Communication constructions crip Deaf demi-rhetorical Developmental Disabilities Developmental Disorders diagnosis Disability Rhetoric Disability Studies disclosure discourse Dolmage domains echoes embodied entelechy example Feminist figure fuck function gesture Happé human identify impaired instance intention intentionality intervention invitational rhetoric invoke involuntary Ivar Lovaas Journal of Autism Kafer kind lack language logics means mental motions movement narrative neurodivergent neurons neuroqueer neuroqueer rhetoricity neuroqueer subjects neurotypical nonautistic normative one’s paradoxes parents person plasticity potential practice queerly Rekers represents residual rhetoric’s rhetorical situation sexual shit Simon Baron-Cohen social stimming stories suggest symbolic Theory of Mind therapist therapy tropes University Press violence words York Zeno’s