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“Julia Rodas rejects ableist repertoires of what language is and can mean, notably the understanding that language necessitates understanding or intelligibility . . . readers are viscerally confronted with autism’s many possibilities, are given neurodivergent mechanisms through which to re-see Villette, Frankenstein, Robinson Crusoe, and more . . . What Autistic Disturbances offers is at once a method and a style for apprehending aesthetic autism, across genre and mode. This is an incomparable book, one brimming with ideas for how to reclaim autistic echoes in a morass of literary expression.”
—Melanie Yergeau, author of Authoring Autism
“Autistic Disturbances invites both disability scholars and literary scholars to reframe ‘listening’ in classic texts. Julia Miele Rodas’s clever and charming approach to autistic language bids us to understand ‘autism poetics’ as valuable and exemplary of the generative work of language.”
—Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, author of Extraordinary Bodies and Staring
“In this beautifully written book, Julia Rodas gives us autism as an aesthetic and a rhetoric. She finds autistic language in texts as diverse as poems, medical treatises, and the words of autists themselves. Like her subject, the books is replete with swerving insights, expostulations, and lists that constitutively and intellectually help us reimagine the full plentitude of the language of autism.”
—Lennard Davis, author of Enforcing Normalcy and The Disability Studies Reader