Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (Thought in the Act)

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Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (Thought in the Act)

Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (Thought in the Act)

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The author switches so easily from academic prose to a highly accessible style as she moves from theory to practice and back again. Autistic people have long identified with or as the queer - whether by means of sexuality or gender identity, or by means of a queer asociality that fucks norms. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Whereas disability is social construction (and a social oppression), impairment represents embodies experience and the phenomena that accompany having a neuro/physio/divergent body. I would consider myself educated; I'm in the first year of my masters degree at the time of writing this.

Yergeau argues both that autistics are capable of intentional rhetoric and that even if they weren’t, non-intentionality has its own rhetoricity which has been overlooked to horrifying results in clinical contexts. But I do not subscribe to functioning labels because functioning labels are inaccurate and dehumanizing, because functioning labels fail to capture the breadth and complexity and highly contextual interrelations of one's neurology and environment, both of which are plastic and malleable and dynamic. Yergeau unpacks this and other ways that the clinical literature on autism has been completely unaware of its own morass of paradoxes.In Yergeau's world we trade intersectionality for fractionalism, agency for inertia, and meaningful analysis for hollow, smirking equivocation. Yergeau's queered and disabled reading of rhetoric unfolds through many "in" sights into the dehumanizing gaze of pathological, clinical, and diagnostic renderings of autistic people. In modern times many in the humanities take the word brain, so as to make their field sound more scientific. In so doing, she demonstrates how an autistic rhetoric requires the reconceptualization of rhetoric’s very essence.

In this professional moment, I became unprofessional: this is the effect that studying oneself often has, especially when self is a neuroqueer self. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Autistics don't tell us what we want to hear, nor do they tell it to us in the manner in which we wish to hear it. There is a fascinating book to be written on the overlap between queerness and autism, both in terms of how the two concepts have been framed throughout history, and how people labeled as "queer" and/or "autistic" have been (and continue to be) mistreated by society. some interesting questions about the relations between autism and queerness are forestalled by yergeau's rather annoying tendency to fall back upon the academic appropriation of "queerness" as signifying something akin to différance that can be completely divorced from the realms of sexuality and gender.The social problems of disability, then, are not problems of brains, tissues, or bodies, but are rather societal infrastructures, material and conceptual, that privilege specific embodied experiences of the world. In addition, rather than simply looking at autistic (and neuroqueer more broadly) autonomy through a lens of lack, Yergeau beautifully illustrates the pleasurable crevices in which our counter-rhetorics bloom, stim, and echo, places in whose neurotypical-avoidance we find the greatest possible freedom. yergeau argues that, regardless of whether they literally speak or not, autistics *do* possess rhetorical capacities in their embodied intentionality, which is socially oriented to a more-than-human world. One's status as AFAB or AMAB is a simple matter of fact, not identification, and Yergeau really should have recognized that.

here, yergeau draws upon merleau-pontyan theorists to elucidate the ways in which autistic subjectivies are expressed through pre-symbolic, affective and embodied modes of communication. I often had to pause and look up word-meanings and such (which is unusual for me to need to do), but it was 100% worth it and I'm planning to reread this book every year until I am unable to read. Under a social model, societal barriers, segregation, barriers to inclusion, and discrimination are what constitutes disability. In my opinion, if every permutation of the word "rhetoric" were cut from this book, it would be immeasurably improved. Remi Yergeau employs their rhetorical scalpel to dismantle the clinical assumptions and cultural stereotypes that have been used to deny, dismiss, and obscure the basic humanity of autistic people for generations.Through six sections entitled: involution, intention, intervention, invitation, invention, and indexicality, Authoring Autism directs the attention of its readers to several paradoxes that the medical and psychological rhetoric of autism inhabits. This is without doubt the most thoroughgoing, rigorous, and creative work on authoring autism I have read. g. twitching, flapping, spinning) as well as too passive, as in the inability of the mind to contain or constrain what is read through the normative gaze as [End Page 483] excessive bodily motion.

This, my body, this was autism - and suddenly, with the neuropsychologist's signature on my diagnostic papers, I was no longer my body's author. One of the ways Yergeau (10) questions the rhetoric of autistic bodies that are out of control, is by problematizing "the treatment enterprises that structure an autistic child's life. While initially a challenge to break into (at least for me, as a non-rhetorician), Yergeau's writing is intimate and entertaining, and their application of rhetorical concepts to autistic experience was a great help to my understanding.Authoring Autism will be a book of keen interest to disability studies scholars and activists who are engaged in intersectional approaches to troubling the rhetoric of normalcy. To be autistic is to live and lie in a between space-the crevices that neurotypicals can ignore often function as the entirety of what neuroqueer subjects perceive. A closely argued, elegantly performed, and even joyfully humorous work of critical emancipatory scholarship. 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.

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