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graphic medicine special issue of biography

CALL LATELY / Graphic Medicine

Graphic Medicine, a special issue of Biography has been selected as Honorable Mention for 2023 Council of Editors of Learned Journals contest

Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly is published by The Center for Biographical Research. Graphic Medicine (volume 44, numbers 2 & 3) is a special guest edited by Erin La Cour and Anna Poletti. Contributors — Safdar Ahmed, Suzy Becker, Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, Jared Gardner, Crystal Yin Lie, John Miers, Nancy K. Miller, JoAnn Purcell, Susan Squier, and Julia Watson.

In Graphic Medicine, comics artists and scholars of life writing, literature, and comics explore the lived experience of illness and disability through original texts, images, and the dynamic interplay between the two. The essays and autobiographical comics in this collection respond to the medical humanities’ call for different perceptions and representations of illness and disability than those found in conventional medical discourse. The collection expands and troubles our understanding of the relationships between patients and doctors, nurses, social workers, caregivers, and family members, considering such encounters in terms of cultural context, language, gender, class, and ethnicity. By treating illness and disability as an experience of fundamentally changed living, rather than a separate narrative episode organized by treatment, recovery, and a return to “normal life,” Graphic Medicine asks what it means to give and receive care.

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