The Silent Book: Crafting Memories from A Life with Cancer.


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It is a visual and textual collaborative project (with Pam Patterson) that attempts to address several complex and perplexing questions pertaining to living in the postcancer body. It approaches women’s health narratives from an interdisciplinary perspective, with the help of oral history, discourse analysis, and visual research methods. We envision the book as combining journal entries; transcripts of conversations exploring common themes and unique perceptions of cancer embodiment; quotations from famous and ordinary cancer survivors; citations from the popular scientific and medical lore on breast cancer; statistical data that patients are bombarded with; oppositional knowledge and alternative approaches; graphic memoir strips; photographs and artwork, both original and historical. This polyphonic text aims to construct an archive of personal memories that speak of women’s experiences of the body and sexuality during their cancer journeys, the body’s medicalization, pain, and empowerment, as well as of spiritual and intellectual transformations that can lead survivors toward breast cancer activism.

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