Mr David Hartley

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Creative Writing

Creative: A contemporary fantasy novel called Own Worlds which weaves biographical experience of autism with fantastical imaginings. Explores autism as an identity using autistic poetics and neurodiversity as formative guides.

Critical: Investigating the intersection of autism with the rhetoric of the fantastic through close analysis of two screen texts: Blade Runner (1982) and Community (2009-2016). Considers how the Othering of autism with fantastical tropes such as aliens and robots both helps and hinders the cause of neurodiversity. Suggests, therefore, a reconfiguration of the genre's approach to poetics through a recognition of its natural and innate propensity for autistic aesthetic.  

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons


  • autism, science fiction, film, television, fantasy

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2011 - Master of Arts, Screen Studies, The University of Manchester
  • 2008 - Bachelor of Arts, Film Studies, Literary Studies and Drama, The University of Manchester (2005 - 2008)