Autism, Performance, and Sociality: Isolated Attention in The Social Network

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The lasting impact of David Fincher’s The Social Network (2010) surely has its deepest source in Dustin Hoff man’s performance in Rain Man twenty-two years before. As Jason Jacobs notes in his appreciation of Hoff man’s work, the actor inhabits a character “who is both human and apparently without a legible interior, a mindedness that most of us watching any other film would recognize in a character even if we did not share it” (2018-213). Raymond’s mindedness, however illegible, is nevertheless and undeniably there. It is in front of us to be seen.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAutism in Film and Television
Subtitle of host publicationOn the Island
EditorsMurray Pomerance, R. Barton Palmer
Place of PublicationAustin Texas USA
PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781477324936
ISBN (Print)9781477324912
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • performance
  • performing arts
  • autism
  • representation
  • acting

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