Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Reading Autism through Addiction

On the (Im)Possibilities of Cultural Recuperation

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (2018), 12, (1), 89–105.

Abstract

The article reads founding and contemporary representations of autism and autistics (formerly, “the autist”) framed by, and for their extraordinary likenesses to, figurations of addiction/the addict. In so doing it illustrates what has been most feared and reviled in autistics and thus what have been major impediments to, as well as effective strategies of, autism’s (ostensible) cultural revaluation in our time. The article demonstrates that some of the most effective but troubling strategies of autism’s recuperation have been appeals to autistics’ rationality, sociality, and ability to “emerge” into a singular, and thus exclusionary, “objective” reality.

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Kopelson, Karen