And the semester marches on
We're well into the semester, and I can't believe how quickly everything is moving.
We had a really fantastic discussion in my cultural studies seminar last night about the politics of representation in discourses about race and nationality. The deadline for submitting the first phase of my thesis proposal is fast-approaching, since I think two semesters is the best option for my fairly ambitious plan. My proposed topic is the representation of autism as a concept and entity, as well as autistic people, as distinctly monstrous in popular media. I'll look at the language and imagery used to discuss autism, and trace the histories of rhetorics about concepts like "feral children" and "changelings" to convey how the language surrounding autism is rooted in contexts that predate the concept of autism itself. Looking toward the future, I'd like to break-down how language and cultural tropes inform popular attitudes toward autism, and how these attitudes prevent autistic people from being recognized as complete and legitimate persons.
Speaking of, my guest blog at Bitch has just wrapped up, but I am working on a piece for the print magazine. I also uploaded a new Caroline's Apartment video about the book Snake Dreamer by Priscilla Galloway.