Want to Read My Newest Scholarly Article? You Know You Do!

And now you can!

ScholarWorks’s “recommended citation” (clearly not in MLA format):

Ryskamp, Dani Alexis (2014) “Neurodiversity’s Lingua Franca?: The Wild Iris, Autobiography of Red, and the Breakdown of Cognitive Barriers Through Poetic Language,” The Hilltop Review: Vol. 7: Iss. 1, Article 5.

It amuses me that both of my (autistic) reviewers’ responses congratulated me on successfully rehabilitating Savarese’s concept of “neurocosmopolitanism,” which both of them side-eyed pretty hard. I understand why they think it needs rehabilitating. But my goal was never to rehab Savarese’s concept, or even to criticize it particularly. My goal was to anchor my arguments in whatever existing literature I could find in order to demonstrate that I was not in fact “just making it all up.” Which is a legitimate fear for any grad student in the humanities, and a particularly keen one when one’s neuroatypicality and its discontents have led to a lot of criticism in one’s lifetime that one’s brain products are “just made up.” (“To get attention,” perhaps?) Savarese and Chew were, frankly, just about all I could find.

I read both Savarese and Chew as making a good-faith effort to bridge the neurodiversity communication gaps, but either they are entirely neurotypical themselves, or they are setting aside whatever neuroatypicalities they do experience in favor of focusing on how they themselves are not autistic, specifically. Since I’m increasingly convinced we’re all “neuroatypical” in some way (in fact, I’m teaching a class this semester founded on this very conviction), I think the latter is more likely than the former. If so, that strikes me as one hell of a missed opportunity for them both, for reasons I explore in this paper.


About Dani Alexis

Dani Alexis is a freelance writer with a decade of experience and a passion for creating new things. As Verity Reynolds, Dani is the author of the Non-Compliant Space series Buy her a coffee: ko-fi.com/verityreynolds
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2 Responses to Want to Read My Newest Scholarly Article? You Know You Do!

  1. Dani Alexis says:

    Reblogged this on Autistic Academic and commented:
    On my other blog: a link to my recently-published scholarly article on neurodiversity and poetics, plus some amused commentary on my reviewers’ commentary on said article. (Meta!)

  2. emmapretzel says:

    I could make a lot of jokes about the phrase “successfully rehabilitating Savarese’s concept of ‘neurocosmopolitanism'” but I’m doing that thing where I try not to be rude in public so…

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