Pre-Press The Patient as a Reader

The uses of intertexts in two Swedish pathographies

  • Katarina Bernhardsson

Resumé

Illness narratives can be said to reclaim the voice of the patient, and while they draw much of their strength from a position of experience and loss, they are also highly mediated and constructed narratives. This article studies, how these textual self-representations are formed in relation to intertexts, and how the authors explicitly use other literary texts and enter into a dialogue with them.

Two pathographies are studied, Anders Paulrud’s Fjärilen i min hjärna (“The Butterfly in my Brain”, 2008) and Agneta Klingspor’s Stängt pga hälsosjäl (“Closed due to health reasons”, 2010, and their specific strategies in incorporating other literary texts: Paulrud through assemblage and community, and Klingspor through resistance and critique, especially of narratives the author feels she is supposed to appreciate. In the end, both authors seem to share a view about literature as potentially helpful and meaningful in conveying experiences and even point to a healing potential in narratives and literature.

Publiceret
2019-07-23
Citation/Eksport
Bernhardsson, K. (2019). Pre-Press The Patient as a Reader. Tidsskrift for Forskning I Sygdom Og Samfund, 16(31). https://doi.org/10.7146/tfss.v16i31.115107
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