We know that illness can be narrated but can it be shown?
Feminist artists have been amongst the first to show the sick female body. Jo Spence used photography during the 1980s to document her breast cancer diagnosis and the impact of the treatments on her body. Spence’s projects, such as “The Picture of Health?” and “Narratives of Disease,” have …
The Cultural Discourses of Breast Cancer Narratives
by Mary K. DeShazer
University of Michigan Press, 2013. 258 pages
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women and an increasing number of women nowadays live with the disease. How do breast cancer patients represent their experiences, and what potential for representation is afforded by the …