Introduction: Latin American and Iberian Perspectives on Literature and Medicine

Novillo-Corvalan, Patricia (2015) Introduction: Latin American and Iberian Perspectives on Literature and Medicine. In: Novillo-Corvalan, Patricia, ed. Latin American and Iberian Perspectives on Literature and Medicine. Routledge, New York, pp. 1-22. ISBN 978-1-138-82390-7. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This introductory chapter offers an overview and a reappraisal of the emerging field of the medical humanities from the ars medica in Ancient Greece to the significance of the ‘two cultures’ debate in the study of literature and medicine, and the recent rise of the genre of the ‘pathography’ or illness narrative, taking as a point of departure Susan Sontag’s seminal treatise Illness as Metaphor (1978). The chapter also considers the various ways in which Iberian and Latin American literature can enrich and offer valuable insights to the medical humanities, showing that critical perspectives outside the mainstream Anglo-American paradigm can provide important case studies for contemporary debates about cultural representations of health and disease.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Patricia Novillo-Corvalan
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 14:36 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47076 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Novillo-Corvalan, Patricia: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0751-1930
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