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Bodies and Barriers

Dramas of Dis-ease

Angela Belli (editor)

ISBN: 9780873389228

Publication Date: Jul 2008

Format: Paperback

Assembles plays that demonstrate how theatrical form can open discussion linking medicine to the larger society. The author includes essays to each of the works as well as a general introduction that presents an overview of the issues discussed in the anthology, and their relevance to our culture, and their value in providing thematic material.
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Dramatic pieces that raise issues of humanity in medicine

Bodies and Barriers offers a collection of dramatic pieces of our time that provide an aesthetic perspective from which we view today's vital health issues. With each play exploring a different medical crisis, the collection covers a range of issues common to a diverse population, irrespective of gender or race. Included are works examining how individuals confront the challenges posed by physical disability, aging, and terminal illness. These plays take as their subject the human form and its pathologies while providing a humanistic perspective from which to view men and women as they come to terms with a loss of physical and emotional well-being.

Of broader interest is the attention these dramas frequently pay to questions of urgent social concern, such as the dehumanizing effect of technology and the threat it poses to human values. The plays Angela Belli assembled demonstrate how the theatrical form can open discussion linking medicine to the larger society.

Belli includes introductory essays to each of the works as well as a general introduction that presents an overview of the issues discussed in the anthology, their relevance to our culture, and their value in providing thematic material for the works included. This collection will be useful to students, health professionals, and the public.

Illustrations notes, bibliography
Pages 324
Dimensions 235 x 159
Date Published 30 Jul 2008
Publisher The Kent State University Press
Series Literature & Medicine
Subject/s Medicine: general issues   Literary studies: plays & playwrights  
Angela Belli is professor of English at St. John's University, recent president of the New York College English Association, and author of Ancient Greek Myths and Modern Drama and the forthcoming book Bodies and Barriers: Dramas of Dis-ease. Her essays and reviews have appeared in publications including Journal of Poetry Therapy, Literature and Medicine, the Journal of Medical Humanities, Social Sciences and Medicine, and Medical Heritage. Jack Coulehan teaches and practices medicine at Stony Brook University. His poems and stories appear frequently in literary magazines and medical journals and have been widely anthologized. He has published four collections of poetry, most recently Medical Stone. His other books include Chekhov's Doctors and The Medical Interviews: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice. Together, Belli and Coulehan edited Blood and Bone: Poems by Physicians (IOWA 1998)

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