Autism, Adulthood and Fictions: Reading Autism Portrayals after Diagnosis.
The fourth talk in the Leeds Cultural Conversations 2016/17 series which coincides with Disability History Month.
Presented by Dr James McGrath.
Autism and fiction have an odd relationship. Many diagnosticians count a person’s enjoyment of fiction amongst indications that she is probably not autistic. And while countless novels, films and TV series have featured autistic adult characters, people with autism are largely unrecognised as readers and viewers of these ‘representations’. This talk combined literary criticism with a post-diagnosis view of how autism is depicted in contemporary culture. Dr James McGrath addressed aspects of gender, class, and disability itself in relation to autistic identities, and also considered the wider potential of culture in shaping (and challenging) expectations placed on autistic adults.
The talk was filmed by Tomaso Aramini, a student from the Northern Film School.
This event was part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series, presented by Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council. Leeds Cultural Conversations are a series of monthly talks programmed by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University. For more information on the series please visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/LCC.