Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies
Genre: Anthology (Mixed Genres)
- Wear, Delese
- Date of entry: Nov-17-2007
- Last revised: Mar-22-2010
This edited anthology, which includes poems, essays, short stories, and other creative forms (e.g., a radio diary, a letter to a social service agency), is organized into sections that include Body and Self, Diagnosis and Treatment, Womanhood, Family Life and Caregiving, Professional Life and Illness, and Advocacy. Most works found their way into this collection through a call for submissions, although a few selections are well known, such as Lynne Sharon Schwartz's "So You're Going to Have a New Body !," or an excerpt from Rachel Naomi Remen's Kitchen Table Wisdom (see annotations). In addition, the anthology also includes essays by scholars such as Arthur W. Frank and Rita Charon, who theorize gendered illness narratives.
Sayantani Das Gupta is a pediatrician on the faculty at Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons; Marsha Hurst was the Director of the Graduate Program in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence from 1998 through 2007.
The Kent State University Press
Sayantani Das Gupta & Marsha Hurst