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Critical Directions in Comics Studies$
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Thomas Giddens

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828996

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828996.001.0001

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Articulating Health Humanities in Graphic Narratives by Medical Illustrators

Articulating Health Humanities in Graphic Narratives by Medical Illustrators

(p.35) 2 Articulating Health Humanities in Graphic Narratives by Medical Illustrators
Critical Directions in Comics Studies

Lisa Detora

University Press of Mississippi

Using a theoretical model of “articulation” gleaned from the rhetoric of health and medicine, this chapter situates graphic narratives by medical illustrators against two strains of health humanities: medical education and humanistic inquiry. It might seem that medical illustration, itself a hybrid discipline that bridges art and medical science, would de facto account for both registers of health humanities, yet the reality is more complex. Ultimately, medical illustrators operate within their own rich traditions. Thus, work like Héloise Chochois’ La Fabrique Des Corps: Des Premièrs Prostéhses à l’Humaine Augmenté (2017) or Kriota Willberg’s The Wandering Uterus (Furor Uterensis) and Contemporary Applications of Ancient Medical Wisdom (2016) present a fertile ground for building an understanding of graphic narrative and medicine that extends beyond the experiences of illness that characterize most current understandings of Graphic Medicine.

Keywords:   Graphic medicine, Medical illustration, Health humanities, Rhetoric of medicine, Hybridity

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