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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 20 July 2010
This review is from: Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination (Paperback)
Stuart Murray has written an eloquent and insightful book that stresses the need to examine how autism is represented in media, fiction and film portrayals, and how this representation acts to construct the ways in which audiences understand autism. Murray's language is easily accessible and his perspectives are thought-provoking. With the current high level of interest in autism portrayals, Murray reminds the reader that this is a cultural phenomenon, rather than an 'autism epidemic', and notes, importantly, that cultural representation changes over time. What we understand of autism in the current era is certainly not how it was understood in the past, or how it will be understood and interpreted in the future. Always important to remember. Murray stresses the need to listen to the voices of those with autism, rather than just the voices of those coping with the autism of a family member. While their voices are also imperative, we need to include the perspectives of autistic people to begin to understand autism. Murray is stringent in his rejection of a cure for autism, and his insistence on autism as a lifelong condition, and gives a balanced discussion of this position.
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Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination by Stuart Murray (Paperback - 30 May 2008)
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