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This Disability Which Is Not One: Autistic Intermittency in Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

This Disability Which Is Not One: Autistic Intermittency in Mark Haddon's The Curious... JOSEPH VALENTE This Disability Which Is Not One: Autistic Intermittency in Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time o date, autism has been diagnosed on the basis of be- havioral characteristics. No identifying neurological or biomedical insignia that is specic fi and universal to au - tism has yet been determined, only hypothesized or sur - mised. We must take as our focus the outward diagnostic signs of autism, the decisive property of which, in aggregate, is their hetero- geneity. Christopher Boone, the protagonist of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, displays an extensive yet quite partial slate of these symptomatic markers: a taste and talent for systemic pae tt rn recognition, dic ffi ulty with nonverbal cues, detachment and dysfunctionality, stimming, enhanced visual perception, obsessive routines, detail orientation, susceptibility of savantism, tremendous rote memory, poor facial reading/recognition, empathetic dec fi its, psychic rigidity, imaginative defects, aversion to being touched, in - ability to lie, mindblindness or mentalizing dec fi iency (otherwise known as failed theory of mind). Other such markers include (but are not limited to) perseveration, weak central coherence, poor ex- ecutive function, ae tt ntional dec fi its, language http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Literature University of Wisconsin Press

This Disability Which Is Not One: Autistic Intermittency in Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Contemporary Literature , Volume 62 (1) – Mar 10, 2022

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Abstract

JOSEPH VALENTE This Disability Which Is Not One: Autistic Intermittency in Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time o date, autism has been diagnosed on the basis of be- havioral characteristics. No identifying neurological or biomedical insignia that is specic fi and universal to au - tism has yet been determined, only hypothesized or sur - mised. We must take as our focus the outward diagnostic signs of autism, the decisive property of which, in aggregate, is their hetero- geneity. Christopher Boone, the protagonist of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, displays an extensive yet quite partial slate of these symptomatic markers: a taste and talent for systemic pae tt rn recognition, dic ffi ulty with nonverbal cues, detachment and dysfunctionality, stimming, enhanced visual perception, obsessive routines, detail orientation, susceptibility of savantism, tremendous rote memory, poor facial reading/recognition, empathetic dec fi its, psychic rigidity, imaginative defects, aversion to being touched, in - ability to lie, mindblindness or mentalizing dec fi iency (otherwise known as failed theory of mind). Other such markers include (but are not limited to) perseveration, weak central coherence, poor ex- ecutive function, ae tt ntional dec fi its, language

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Contemporary LiteratureUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Mar 10, 2022

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