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Author DeShazer, Mary K., author.

Title Mammographies : the cultural discourses of breast cancer narratives / Mary K. DeShazer.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2013]


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Series Knowledge Unlatched Select 2017 (on order)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Description based on print version record.
Contents Introduction : representing breast cancer in the twenty-first century -- Post-millennial breast cancer photo-narratives : technologized terrain -- Audre Lorde's successors : breast cancer narratives as feminist theory -- Narratives of prophylactic mastectomy : mapping the breast cancer gene -- Rebellious humor in breast cancer narratives : deflating the culture of optimism -- New directions in breast cancer photography : documenting women's post-operative bodies -- Cancer narratives and an ethics of commemoration : Susan Sontag, Annie Leibovitz, and David Rieff -- Bodies, witness, mourning : reading breast cancer autothanatography -- Afterword: What remains -- Appendix: Links to selected breast cancer websites and blogs.
Summary "While breast cancer continues to affect the lives of millions, contemporary writers and artists have responded to the ravages of the disease in creative expression. Mary K. DeShazer's book looks specifically at breast cancer memoirs and photographic narratives, a category she refers to as mammographies, signifying both the imaging technology by which most Western women discover they have this disease and the documentary imperatives that drive their written and visual accounts of it. Mammographies argues that breast cancer narratives of the past ten years differ from their predecessors in their bold address of previously neglected topics such as the link between cancer and environmental carcinogens, the ethics and efficacy of genetic testing and prophylactic mastectomy, and the shifting politics of prosthesis and reconstruction. Mammographies is distinctive among studies of contemporary illness narratives in its exclusive focus on breast cancer, its analysis of both memoirs and photographic texts, its attention to hybrid and collaborative narratives, and its emphasis on ecological, genetic, transnational, queer, and anti-pink discourses. DeShazer's methodology--best characterized as literary critical, feminist, and interdisciplinary--includes detailed interpretation of the narrative strategies, thematic contours, and visual imagery of a wide range of contemporary breast cancer memoirs and photographic anthologies. The author explores the ways in which the narratives constitute a distinctive testimonial and memorial tradition, a claim supported by close readings and theoretical analysis that demonstrates how these narratives question hegemonic cultural discourses, empower reader-viewers as empathic witnesses, and provide communal sites for mourning, resisting, and remembering."--Publisher's description.
Note This work is licensed under a Creative Commons license
Language English.
Subject Breast -- Radiography -- Cross-cultural studies.
Breast -- Imaging -- Cross-cultural studies.
Ethnicity -- Health aspects.
Transcultural medical care.
Diagnostic Imaging.
Cross-Cultural Comparison.
Breast Neoplasms -- psychology.
Attitude to Health.
Body Image.
Mammography -- psychology.
Patients -- psychology.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Women's Health.
MEDICAL -- Reproductive Medicine & Technology.
Breast -- Imaging. (OCoLC)fst00838326
Breast -- Radiography. (OCoLC)fst00838331
Transcultural medical care. (OCoLC)fst01154565
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Cross-cultural studies. (OCoLC)fst01423769
Other Form: Print version: DeShazer, Mary K., author. Mammographies Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2013] 9780472118823 (cloth : alk. paper) (DLC) 2013000021
ISBN 9780472029235 e-book
9780472118823 cloth : alk. paper
1299734618 (electronic bk.)
9781299734616 (electronic bk.)
9780472900985 (electronic bk.)
0472900986 (electronic bk.)
047211882X (electronic bk.)
9780472118823 (electronic bk.)
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GBVCP 896611256
GBVCP 1003737463
DEBBG BV044184859
DEBBG BV041291946
CHVBK 556235770
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