Disrupting Breast Cancer Narratives: Stories of Rage and Repair

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 15, 2019 - Medical - 184 pages

Engaging with discussions surrounding the culture of disease, Disrupting Breast Cancer Narratives explores politically insistent narratives of illness. Resisting the optimism of pink ribbon culture, these stories use anger as a starting place to reframe cancer as a collective rather than an individual problem.

Disrupting Breast Cancer Narratives discusses the ways emotion, gender, and sexuality, in relation to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, all become complicated, relational, and questioning. Providing theoretically informed close-readings of breast cancer narratives, this study explores how disruption functions both personally and politically. Highlighting a number of contributors in the field of health and gender studies including Barbara Ehrenreich, Kathlyn Conway, Audre Lorde, and Teva Harrison, this work takes into account documentary film, television, and social media as popular mediums used to explore stories of disease.

 

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Contents

1 Shifting Public Perceptions of Breast Cancer
3
2 Feminist Counternarratives
23
3 Angry Stories of Survivorship
47
4 Questioning Environmental Causation
77
5 Queering Breast Cancer
101
6 The Power of Narrative Repair
125
Screening Pink Ribbons Inc
145
Acknowledgments
153
References
155
Index
167
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Emilia Nielsen is Assistant Professor in the Health and Society program, Department of Social Science at York University.

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