English: Literature and Writing
In this paper, I argue that society has classified autism as a single experience and have falsely promoted that individuals have "an autistic experience". I claim that no single, true experience such as this can exist for "truth" is an ever evolving ideal in discourse. The concept of "an autistic experience" is what society constructs, reproduces and essentially what society gives credit to as a representation of autism. Therefore, no actual set standard of an experience exists since each individual has his own experience. In countering the concept that a "true autistic experience" exists, I examine the works of Mark Haddon and Clara Park as limited representations.
Townes-Witzel, S. (2008). Understanding Autism: Exploring Society's Classification of the Autistic Body and the Representations of Autism in Literature and Film (Undergraduate honors thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from http://inspire.redlands.edu/cas_honors/45