“And so it was literature that brought me back to life...” – Paul Kalanithi
“Everybody is a story”, says the American physician and writer Rachel Naomi Remen. But illness interrupts a person’s story, robbing the sufferer of authorship and control, resulting in a distressing sense of immobility, incapacity and uncertainty. From this perspective, treatment of illness involves acknowledgement of the broken story, and recovery is a process of establishing a new coherent narrative.
In this presentation I introduce the concept of bibliotherapy and discuss the idea that narrative fiction – novels and short stories – offer therapeutic benefits for people facing illness.
Sue Wootton is a creative practice PhD candidate in the Department of English and Department of General Practice, researching literature’s unique ability to illuminate subjective lived experience. She is a writer (a novelist and poet), and a former physiotherapist whose background in rehabilitation therapy has given her a special interest in the importance of language in regaining ability and wellbeing, even within ongoing disability and illness. Sue co-edits the weekly Medical Humanities blog, ‘Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life’, found at corpus.nz
|Date||Thursday, 19 April 2018|
|Time||1:00pm - 2:00pm|
|Event Category||Health Sciences|
|Department||General Practice and Rural Health (DSM)|
|Location||Jan Breward Room, Dept of General Practice & Rural Health, 55 Hanover Street, Dunedin|