Stories of Illness and Healing Women Write Their Bodies

ISBN-10: 0873389166

ISBN-13: 9780873389167

Edition: 2007

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Stories of Illness and Healing is the first collection to place the voices of women experiencing illness alongside analytical writing from prominent scholars in the field of narrative medicine. The collection includes a variety of women's illness narratives--poetry, essays, short fiction, short drama, analyses, and transcribed oral testimonies--as well as traditional analytic essays about themes and issues raised by the narratives. Stories of Illness and Healing bridges the artificial divide between women's lives and scholarship in gender, health, and medicine. The authors of these narratives are diverse in age, ethnicity, family situation, sexual orientation, and economic status. They are doctors, patients, spouses, mothers, daughters, activists, writers, educators, and performers. The narratives serve to acknowledge that women's illness experiences are more than their diseases, that they encompass their entire lives. The pages of this book echo with personal accounts of illness, diagnosis, and treatment. They reflect the social constructions of women's bodies, their experiences of sexuality and reproduction, and their roles as professional and family caregivers. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Stories of Illness and Healing draws the connection between women's suffering and advocacy for women's lives.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 9/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The Gendered Nature of Illness
The History of Women's Illness Narratives: Private Relationships, Public Voices
Narratives of Body and Self: The Experience of Illness
The Female Voice in Illness: An Antidote to Alienation, a Call for Connection
Storm Warning
The Listening Room
My So-Called Lungs
Crazy for Life: A True Story about Living with Mental Illness
Casing the Joints: A Story of Arthritis
Narratives of Diagnosis and Treatment: Relationships to the Medical Community
The Negative Privilege of Women's Illness Narratives
Stereotactic Biopsy
What If They Said?
All Patients Are Political Women
Waiting for a Transplant: A Meditation
Pathology Report
I'll Take Care of It
White Coat Syndrome
Hospital Haiku
Give my regrets
Doctor Patel Comes to Tea
Narratives of Womanhood: Social Constructions of Body, Sexuality, and Reproduction
The Placenta, the Pancake: Metaphor in Medicine
My Brown Daughter Wants to Know
Adventures of Amelia
The Bag
Distant Scars
Hair Matters
Symmetrical Breasts
A Dream of Living Coal
So You're Going to Have a New Body
Watching the Laparoscopy
Narratives of Family Life and Caregiving
Space and Absence in Muscular Dystrophy
Remembering Dan: Excerpts from My Journal
And Then She Died
Vigils, III
My Mother Is Cleaning
In the Dream
Pure and Predictable
In the Bosom of the Family: Reflections on Families and Breast Cancer
Narratives of Professional Life and Illness
It Is August 24th
Becoming Flora: When the Narrative Is Our Own
The Particulars
Eight Hours
My Body, My Self
A Front-Row Seat
Leave of Absence
Narratives of Advocacy: From the Personal to the Political
Night Shift
Sometimes Cancer Just Happens
A Case of Exhaustion
The Intersection of Illness, Personality, Culture, and Social Services
Happiness in Quotation Marks
Narratives of Advocacy: Activism, Education, and Political Change
Narratives and Advocacy: A Gendered Connection
Stories from the Inside
Prisoner Stories: Suffering and Death
Surviving but Not Quite Thriving: Women's Mental Health in East Harlem
Teaching about Care at the End of Life Using Creative Nonfiction Monologues
Narrative House Calls and Cultural Memory: Communities of Women, Communities of Presence
Permissions and Acknowledgments
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