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Illness as an Occasion for Story Telling: Social Influences in Narrating the Masculine Self to an Unseen Audience

Seymour-Smith, Sarah (2002) Illness as an Occasion for Story Telling: Social Influences in Narrating the Masculine Self to an Unseen Audience. In: Narrative, Memory and Life Transitions. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 137-144.

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      Abstract

      This paper is an analysis of the testicular cancer video diary of a man whose
      pseudonym is Cal. Although there are many analytic pathways one could take
      the focus here is on how the ‘imagined audience’ influences the presentation of
      identity in his illness story. In one sense this video diary is a personal record of
      one man’s struggle with cancer but, although the video diary was made by
      himself and for himself, there is evidence of an ‘unseen and unspecified
      audience’ throughout. In Bakhtin’s terms there is a dialogical framework. It is
      suggested that a consideration of this ‘audience’ is significant in that it
      indicates culturally appropriate ways of telling illness stories.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
      H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      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: 16 Jul 2009 10:06
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:19
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/5140

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