The Society for Critical Exchange

2007 SAMLA Convention
9-11 November
Atlanta, Georgia

Autism Texts: A Mini-Conference


Autism Texts: Redefining the Human

Chair: Debra Cumberland, Winona St. U.

1. “Depicted Autistic: The Problematization of the Recovery and Emergence Prototypes in Contemporary Autism Autobiographies and Novels” (10 min.)—Chris Foss, U of Mary Washington.

2. “Defining Human: Species and Sanity in the Narratives of Temple Grandin and Dawn Prince-Hughes” (10 min.)—Kris Weller, U of California, Santa Cruz .

3. “The ‘Suprahuman' and the ‘Inhuman': Identifying Those Of, Beyond, and Without God in Autism Texts” (10 min.)—Rochelle Gregory, Texas Women's U.

4. Response (10 min.): Mark Osteen, Loyola C.


Autism Texts: Reality and Metaphor

Chair: Irene Rose, Manchester U.

1. “The Real, the Imaginary, and the Symbolic: Lacan and Autism Texts” (10 min.)—Natalie Trice, Georgia St. U.

2. “Words Matter: Autism, Representation, and Metaphor in the Mass Media” (10 min.)— Kristina Chew, St. Peter's C.

3. “Autistic and Neurotypical Perspectives on the Autism Spectrum” (10 min.)—Ari Ne'eman, President, Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

4. Response (10 min.): Irene Rose, Manchester U.

Autism Texts: Reading Creative Nonfiction

Chair : Kristina Chew, St. Peter's C

1. “Journeys from the Middle Border” (20 min.)—Debra Cumberland, Winona St. U.

2. “Constructing Dylan” (20 min.)—Mary Bush, U of North Texas .

3. “In the Echo Chamber” (20 min.)—Mark Osteen, Loyola C.

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