Pathographics: Narrative, Aesthetics, Contention, Community

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Penn State University Press
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7.0 X 10.0 X 0.7 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Merrill Squier is Julia Gregg Brill Professor Emerita of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University, a founding member of the Graphic Medicine Collective, Coeditor of the Graphic Medicine Series, and Einstein Visiting Fellow of the 2016-21 PathoGraphics Research Project. Her publications include Graphic Medicine Manifesto, also published by Penn State University Press. Irmela Marei Krüger-Fürhoff is Professor of German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin and academic lead of the 2016-2021 PathoGraphics research project.


"PathoGraphics advances discussions about how to read, visualize, and create comics about illness and disability in complex and welcome ways. The contributors are extremely well informed about the fields from which the book draws: narrative medicine, literary studies, disability studies, comics studies, and graphic medicine. PathoGraphics engagingly shows how these fields can mutually constitute new knowledge when creative practices, intersecting with illness and disability narratives, create a site for artistic innovation with a social justice bent."

--Ann Fox, Davidson College
"This multidisciplinary collection of essays examines textual and graphic representations of illness, disability, and pain, describing how the narratives in question use the aesthetics of their medium to embrace contention and community. The authors reclaim ground previously ceded to traditional paradigms and in the process liberate the mind, the body, and the text."

--MK Czerwiec, author of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371