Illness as Many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture by Stella BolakiIllness as Many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture by Stella Bolaki

Illness as Many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture

byStella Bolaki

Paperback | September 15, 2017

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Illness narratives have become a cultural phenomenon in the Western world. In what ways can they be seen to have aesthetic, ethical and political value? What do they reveal about experiences of illness, the relationship between the body and identity and the role of the arts in bearing witnessto illness for people who are ill and those connected to them? How can they influence medicine, the arts and shape public understandings of health and illness? These questions and more are explored in Illness as Many Narratives, which contains readings of a rich array of representations of illnessfrom the 1980s to the present. A wide range of arts and media are considered such as life writing, photography, performance, film, theatre, artists' books and animation. The individual chapters deploy multidisciplinary critical frameworks and discuss physical and mental illness. Through reading this book you will gain an understanding of the complex contribution illness narratives make to contemporary culture and the emergent field of Critical Medical Humanities.
Stella Bolaki is affiliated with the University of Kent, Canterbury.
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Title:Illness as Many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1474425585

ISBN - 13:9781474425582

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"There could be no stronger sign of the coming of age of the critical medical humanities than Stella Bolaki's Illness As Many Narratives. A piece of artistry as deft, intricate, and steadfastly complex as the astonishingly diverse range of artworks presented within it, Illness as ManyNarratives is rich scholarship in keeping with the new wave of creative explorations in care, in pedagogy, and in health and illness, a book at last adequate to their demands." --Dr Claire Hooker, University of Sydney and Dr Scott Fitzpatrick, University of Newcastle, Australia