Chapter 15. How We Have Been Learning to Talk About Autism: A Role for Stories

  1. Eva Feder Kittay Distinguished Professor senior fellow2 and
  2. Licia Carlson Ph.D. assistant professor3
  1. Ian Hacking professor emeritus chair

Published Online: 18 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322781.ch15

Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy

Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy

How to Cite

Hacking, I. (2010) How We Have Been Learning to Talk About Autism: A Role for Stories, in Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy (eds E. F. Kittay and L. Carlson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322781.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Stony Brook University/SUNY, USA

  2. 3

    Providence College, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Toronto, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 14 MAY 2010

Book Series:

  1. Metaphilosophy Series in Philosophy

Book Series Editors:

  1. Armen T. Marsoobian,
  2. Brian J. Huschle and
  3. Eric Cavallero

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198288

Online ISBN: 9781444322781

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Keywords:

  • speaking about cognitive disability;
  • how we have been learning to talk about autism - role for stories;
  • autism narrative - a boom industry;
  • best-known autism novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003);
  • autism, called pathology of the present decade;
  • role for children's autism stories;
  • invocation of Wolfgang Köhler - in “Autistic Autobiography”, insights in middle of Köhler;
  • autobiographies, describing autism “from the inside”;
  • autism, essential to novels - but to others, being merely incidental;
  • novels, blurring the line between - the autistic and the neurotypical

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why This Genre, the Autism Novel?

  • A Role for Children's Autism Stories

  • The New Discourse

  • A Caution

  • An Invocation of Lev Vygotsky

  • An Invocation of Wolfgang Köhler

  • Well-Established Language

  • Incidental Autism

  • The Child Biography Turned into Family Novel

  • The Child Biography Turned into Mystery Story

  • Manga

  • Overdoing the Inner

  • Autism and the Nerd

  • Self-Discovery (My Son Is a Genius with Computers; I Must Have Some of His Genes)

  • From the Psychiatrist's Point of View

  • The Promise and the Danger

  • References