illness narrative

SELMA Medical Humanities: “Narratives of Illness” and “Indigenous Narratives of Health”

Marta-Laura Cenedese and Avril Tynan, convenors of the SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar Series at the University of Turku, Finland, reflect on the first season of the series, “Narratives of Illness”, and look ahead to a second season on “Indigenous Narratives of Healthcare”. 

Anne Boyer’s “The Undying” (2/3)

The Polyphony asked two readers, Agnes Arnold-Forster (Research and Engagement Fellow, Surgery and Emotion, University of Roehampton) and Will Viney (Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, UoL), to review Anne Boyer’s highly-publicised 2019 cancer memoir “The Undying”, and to respond to each other’s reviews. In this second of a three-part series, Will Viney considers Boyer’s text in the context of recent developments in ‘personalised’ cancer care.

Anne Boyer’s “The Undying” (1/2)

The Polyphony asked two readers, Agnes Arnold-Forster (Research and Engagement Fellow, Surgery and Emotion, University of Roehampton) and Will Viney (Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, UoL), to review Anne Boyer’s highly-publicised 2019 cancer memoir “The Undying”, and to respond to each other’s reviews. In this first of a three-part series, Agnes Arnold-Forster discovers a text that explores poverty, politics and the provision of healthcare, and offers a critique of individualised illness narratives.