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9781838950071

Letters To My Weird Sisters On Autism and Feminism

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  • ISBN13:

    9781838950071

  • ISBN10:

    1838950079

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2023-01-01
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books

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Summary

An autistic feminist author looks at women's history, in search of her 'weird sisters'.

It seemed to me that many of the moments when my autism had caused problems, or at least marked me out as different, were those moments when I had come up against some unspoken law about how a girl or a woman should be, and failed to meet it.

An autism diagnosis in midlife enabled Joanne Limburg to finally make sense of why her emotional expression, social discomfort and presentation had always marked her as an outsider.

Eager to discover other women who had been misunderstood in their time, she writes a series of wide-ranging letters to four 'weird sisters' from history, addressing topics including autistic parenting, social isolation, feminism, the movement for disability rights and the appalling punishments that have been meted out over centuries to those deemed to fall short of the norm.

This heartfelt, deeply compassionate and wholly original work humanizes women who have so often been dismissed for their differences, and will be celebrated by 'weird sisters' everywhere.

Author Biography

Joanne Limburg is the author of two memoirs (The Woman Who Thought Too Much and Small Pieces), one novel (A Want of Kindness) and three collections of poetry: Feminismo, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Paraphernalia, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and The Autistic Alice. Her children's poetry collection, Bookside Down, was runner-up for the CLiPPA Poetry Award. She lectures at Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education and lives in Cambridge with her husband and son.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Letter to the Reader
Letter to Virginia Woolf
Letter to Adelheid Bloch
Letter to Frau V
Letter to Katharina Kepler
Afterword: Letter to Caron Freeborn
Appendix
Selected Further Reading
Acknowledgements
A Note on Permissions
Notes

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