Title

Aesthetic Representation of Autism in Two Spanish Graphic Novels

Abstract

I examine the aesthetic representation of autism in two contemporary Spanish graphic novels that successfully counteract the typical medical presentation of disability: Maríay Yo (2007) and María Cumple 20 Años (2015), both written and drawn by Miguel Gallardo with his daughter Maria. Each text incorporates purposeful visual techniques in order to present the peculiar characteristics of Maria's autism as well as her father's preoccupations with her future. I share how their presentation facilitates educational discourse, empowers the disabled and their families, and reflects the capability of the graphic novel to give authority to groups who are often overlooked.

Faculty Sponsor

Janis Breckenridge

Sponsor Department/Programs

Spanish

Tracks

Art and Interpretation

Location

Kimball Theatre

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Aesthetic Representation of Autism in Two Spanish Graphic Novels

Kimball Theatre

I examine the aesthetic representation of autism in two contemporary Spanish graphic novels that successfully counteract the typical medical presentation of disability: Maríay Yo (2007) and María Cumple 20 Años (2015), both written and drawn by Miguel Gallardo with his daughter Maria. Each text incorporates purposeful visual techniques in order to present the peculiar characteristics of Maria's autism as well as her father's preoccupations with her future. I share how their presentation facilitates educational discourse, empowers the disabled and their families, and reflects the capability of the graphic novel to give authority to groups who are often overlooked.