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Autism and Representation (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies) Paperback – November 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0415806275 ISBN-10: 0415806275 Edition: Reprint

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"Osteen focuses on contemporary writing, offering astute and sensitive appraisals of a wide range of novels, parental accounts and autobiographies." -- Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, Spiked

"This book is an excellent resource for any scholar interested in disability studies and autism. It brings theory to bear on what may be called a cognitive disability, places the diagnosis of autism in a historical and cultural context, and addresses issues of representation (by self and other). The essays demonstrate, in their entirety, how wide the spectrum of what is being called autism is and alert us to the individuality of autistics." NYU Literature, Medicine and Arts Database

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Mark Osteen is Professor of English and Director of Film Studies at Loyola College in Maryland.
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  • Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies
  • Paperback: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (November 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415806275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415806275
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Libby, Montana, Mark Osteen received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Montana, before moving to Atlanta in 1982. There he received a PhD in English literature from Emory University, working with eminent James Joyce scholar Richard Ellmann. Since 1988 he has taught at Loyola University Maryland, where he is Chair of the English Department, Professor of English and Founding Director of the Film Studies Program. Osteen has written or edited ten books, including The Economy of Ulysses (winner of the 1995 Donald Murphy for best first book in Irish Studies), American Magic and Dread: Don DeLillo's Dialogue with Culture, and essay collections on economic literary criticism, gift theory, autism and culture, and on Alfred Hitchcock's films. His memoir, One of Us: A Family's Life with Autism, appeared in 2010. His most recent books are Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream, and Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen.

Writing and teaching are his vocations, but music is his avocation: Osteen has been a professional musician since the mid-'70s. For the past two decades he has been an important contributor to the Baltimore jazz scene, both as a saxophonist and singer and as president of the non-profit Baltimore Jazz Alliance. He has produced two BJA compilation CDs, Baltimore Jazzscapes and Baltimore Jazzscapes II, and produced and performed on two CDs by his own group, Cold Spring Jazz Quartet: 2003's Same Place. Different Time, and 2008's Urban Pastoral. In 2010 he published Music at the Crossroads: Lives and Legacies of Baltimore Jazz, a book he co-edited with eight of his Loyola students.

Osteen has been married since 1981 to Leslie Gilden. Their son Cameron, born in 1989, is the subject of One of Us: A Family's Life with Autism.

For further information, please visit the author's website: http://www.markosteen.com.

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In work that seems to consider itself a foundational academic text, Mark Osteen (ed.)chooses to collect autism narratives written almost entirely from the perspective of families and siblings of autistic people--the book might as easily have been titled Autism and the Academic Parent-Narrator. While affirming, as do most modern works on autism, that Bettelheim's "refrigerator mother" theory of autism is a harmful and debunked fiction, Autism and Representation displays in some sections a profound parental narcissism.

The book undeniably contains some innovative and exciting recent writing on this emerging topic, despite this, the work as a whole suffers from the editor's perspective and biases. These biases are clearly stated in the introduction, as well as in Osteen's own problematic essay, and raise the question of whether the book's title drifts from problematic to offensive when one is confronted with the reasoning by which autistic people were specifically designated as irrelevant and unwelcome to this "representation."

It should go without saying that the work suffers--profoundly--from the lack of inclusion of autistic voices. Mark Osteen dismisses the emerging neurodiversity movement as a misguided attempt by "high-functioning aspies" to inflict their naïve worldview on the parents and caregivers of persons with real autism, an argument that entirely discounts the growing numbers of neurodiversity advocates who would fall into the category Osteen would designate "low-functioning.
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