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Living in Different Universes: Autism and Race in Robinson’s Gilead and Home
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Abstract:

Using research and theory from sociology, social psychology, disability studies, and psychiatry, this essay argues that Jack Boughton in Marilynne Robinson’s novels Gilead and Home exhibits autism spectrum disorder, and, further, that the way society has turned his impairment into a disability represents the action of white racism on many African Americans.