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Illness as Many Narratives
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Illness as Many Narratives: "Arts, Medicine and Culture"

Stella Bolaki

Abstract

Illness narratives have become a cultural phenomenon in the Western world but their analysis continues to be framed by the context of biomedicine, the doctor-patient encounter and the demands of medical training. This reductive attitude prevents the inclusion of more formally experimental genres, different themes and interdisciplinary methods within the field. It also perpetuates the view of the medical humanities as a narrow area of study largely serving the needs of medicine. Exploring the aesthetic, ethical and cultural importance of contemporary representations of illness across different ... More

Keywords: Illness narrative, critical medical humanities, arts and medicine, illness across media, illness and photography, illness and artists’ books, illness and performance, illness and film, illness and animation, illness online

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474402422
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402422.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stella Bolaki, author
University of Kent