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The Elusive BrainLiterary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience$
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Jason Tougaw

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300221176

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300221176.001.0001

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Interlude: If You’ve Met One Autistic Reviewer …

Interlude: If You’ve Met One Autistic Reviewer …

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(p.121) Interlude: If You’ve Met One Autistic Reviewer …
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The Elusive Brain
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Jason Tougaw

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300221176.003.0006

In this interlude, Tougaw examines cultural responses to Christopher Haddon’s highly acclaimed and controversial novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Building on a mantra of activists in the autistic community—“If you’ve met one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person”—the interlude argues that debates about whether the novel represents autism accurately or even responsibly are unresolvable, precisely because there is no single or unified autistic experience. Instead, the interlude emphasizes varying responses to the novel by reviewers who identify as autistic (and those who do not). Tougaw concludes that the most responsible approach for educators is to teach the novel in the context of these debates.

Keywords:   Autism, Asperger syndrome, Book reviews, Representativity

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