Asperger's Syndrome in Literature, Film, and Television

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Christopher Brooks /PCA Chicago 2014
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Characters in recent and current narrative forms (film, TV, fiction) represent possible disorders/syndromes/gifted traits ranging from Autism to Asperger's Syndrome. Debate exists about which disorder, if any, some characters display; the meaning and significance of such a disorder for the story line in which it appears; the relevance of the disorder in problem solution and identification of truth; and the significance of the number and recurrence of affected characters to contemporary culture. This panel is particularly interested in Asperger's Syndrome in all aspects as they impact media studies and interpretation. Papers on particular authors, characters, films, television programs, and graphic novels are especially welcome.