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Cancer, Finitude and Life Configuration

Chrz, Vladimir, Cermák, Ivo and Plachá, Veronika (2006) Cancer, Finitude and Life Configuration. In: Narrative, Memory & Knowledge: Representations, Aesthetics, Contexts. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 149-158.

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      Abstract

      Cancer is a radical confrontation with the finitude of human being. The aim of
      our research is to understand the experience of women who survived breast
      cancer. The sample consists of seven women with a diagnosis of breast cancer
      who participated in the Mamma-Help program. We used narrative interviews
      to obtain a spontaneous articulation of this critical point in the women’s life. In
      our paper we deal with the breast cancer experience of women from the
      perspective of the whole. We pay attention mainly to how the experience of
      this disease is configured by narrative means such as figures, plots, or life story
      genres. The particular life stories suggest that confrontation with the finiteness
      of life is a key tool for narrative configuring of the woman’s life. We also
      found that a substantial aspect of narrative configuration is the stipulation of
      some sphere of influence over, active participation in, and responsibility for,
      the progress of her life.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
      Additional Information: Copyright for chapters remain with individual authors at all times and permission should be sought from the author for any reproduction other than for personal use.
      Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 09:55
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:11
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4912

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