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Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives
Third-party funded project
Project title Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives
Principal Investigator(s) Locher, Miriam
Kiss, Alexander
Project Members Steiner, Claudia
Gygax, Franziska
König, Regula
Organisation / Research unit Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) / Psychosomatik (Kiss),
Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften / Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft,
Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften / English Linguistics (Locher)
Project Website http://illness-narratives.unibas.ch/
Project start 01.10.2009
Probable end 30.09.2012
Status Completed
Abstract

This research project explores the social and cultural meanings of illness narratives and analyses their role and function in the literary, linguistic, and medical field. Thus, illness narratives will be approached from the three different disciplines, literary studies, linguistics, and medicine.

Life writing (autobiographical) texts are omnipresent in our lives and play a crucial role in doctor-patient communication, in literature, and in everyday linguistic situations. The importance of narrative in the medical field has become acknowledged, but most doctors are not trained to be susceptible to specific linguistic and literary uses in their patients’ stories. Thus, it is necessary to integrate literary and linguistic issues into the curriculum at medical schools to approach illness more holistically. In addition, numerous recent illness narratives by patients/writers provide new insights that go beyond the biomedical dimension of an illness, and  with their aesthetic impact express additional aspects of  human experience such as illness. A linguistic analysis of narratives by Swiss medical students on a case history and comparative corpora from English and American students will offer crucial information on the ways in which future doctors interpret a patient’s narrative and reflect their own situation.

The results of both the linguistic and literary analyses will be used to improve current and develop future training for communicative skills for both medical students and practicing doctors and thus has a direct applied impact for the medical humanities. Furthermore, the students will improve their narrative competence and learn to pay heed to otherwise hidden, yet crucial information on a more encompassing context of illness. The interrelation between the three disciplines will thus be manifold in that both fields of linguistics and literature will work on data derived from the field of medicine and will let their results flow back into the field of medicine.

Keywords autobiography, narrative, illness, identity, narrative medicine, medical humanities, metaphor research, gender, doctor-patient interaction, expert-lay person interaction
Financed by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
103894  Gygax, Franziska  The aesthetics of illness : narratives as empowerment  978-3-8233-6372-9  American Aesthetics  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
1953559  Gygax, Franziska; Locher, Miriam A.; Koenig, Regula  Moving across disciplines and genres : reading identity in illness narratives and reflective writing texts  9781465208293  Medical communication in clinical contexts  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
1967772  Gygax, Franziska  On Being Ill (in Great Britain and the US): Illness Narratives of the Self  2211-243X  European Journal of Life Writing  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
2085308  Gygax, Franziska  Theoretically Ill: Autobiographer, Patient, Theorist  978-3-643-90402-7  The Writing Cure: Literature and Medicine in Context  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
2217127  Gygax, Franziska; Koenig, Regula; Locher, Miriam A.; Tischler, Victoria  Interdisziplinäres Forschungsprojekt: «Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives»      Publication: NewsItemPrint (Artikel in einer Tages, Wochen- oder Monatszeitschrift) 
2381326  Locher, Miriam A.; Koenig, Regula  “All I could do was hand her another tissue” : handling emotions as a challenge in reflective writing texts by medical students  978-3-8233-6889-2 (pbk.) ; 3-8233-6889-3 (pbk.)  Emotion, affect, sentiment : the language and aesthetics of feeling  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
2765951  Gygax, Franziska; Locher, Miriam A.  Narrative matters in medical contexts across disciplines  978-90-272-2660-0 (hb : alk. paper) ; 90-272-2660-1 (hb : alk. paper) ; 9789027269034 (eb)    Publication: Edited Book (Herausgeber eines eigenständigen Buches) 
2765953  Gygax, Franziska; Locher, Miriam A.  Introduction to narrative matters in medical contexts across disciplines  978-90-272-2660-0 (hb : alk. paper) ; 90-272-2660-1 (hb : alk. paper) ; 9789027269034 (eb)  Narrative matters in medical contexts across disciplines  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
2765955  Locher, Miriam A.; Koenig, Regula; Meier, Janine  A genre analysis of reflective writing texts by English medical students : what role does narrative play?  978-90-272-2660-0 (hb : alk. paper) ; 90-272-2660-1 (hb : alk. paper) ; 9789027269034 (eb)  Narrative matters in medical contexts across disciplines  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
3691596  Locher, Miriam A.  Reflective Writing in Medical Practice. A Linguistic Perspective  978-1-78309-823-1    Publication: Authored Book (Verfasser eines eigenständigen Buches) 
   

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