May 18-20, 2012 University of Chicago Center for Critical Inquiry, Chicago, IL organized by Hillary Chute videos of all sessions available here.
Stitches in Time by Karen Green
Dr. Ian Williams Comics Forum October 7, 2012
by Maria Vacarella Comics Forum August 12, 2011
Dr. Ian Williams Comics Forum June 10, 2011
MK Czerwiec, RN, MA Comics Forum, September 19, 2011
Dr. Ian Williams Hektoen International Journal Volume 3, Issue 4 – December 2011 full text here.
By Ian Williams Medical Humanities, January 25, 2012 full text requires log in Abstract: Among the growing number of works of graphic fiction, a number of titles dealing directly with the patient experience of illness or caring for others with an illness are to be found. Thanks in part to the Medical Humanities movement, many medical schools now encourage the reading of classic literature to gain insight into the human condition. Until recently, the medium of comics (the term is used in the plural to refer to both the physical objects and the attendant philosophy and practice surrounding them) has received little… Read More
Autography as Autotherapy: Psychic Pain and the Graphic Memoir Ian Williams Journal of Medical Humanities. 2011 Dec;32(4):353-66 Abstract: Over the last three decades, the graphic novel has developed both in sophistication and cultural importance, now being widely accepted as a unique form of literature (Versaci 2007). Autobiography has proved to be a successful genre within comics (the word is used in the plural to denote both the medium and the philosophy of the graphic form) and within this area a sub-genre, the memoir of the artist’s own disease or suffering, sometimes known as the graphic pathology, has arisen (Green and Myers 2010). Storytelling and… Read More
No Life Lessons Here: Comics, Autism, and Empathetic Scholarship Sara Birge, Pennsylvania State University Disability Studies Quarterly Abstract: Comics, a relatively understudied medium for representations of disability, have enormous potential for providing important critical perspectives in disability studies. This article examines two recent comics that portray individuals with autism: The Ride Together by Paul and Judy Karasik and Circling Normal, a compilation of the comic strip Clear Blue Water by Karen Montague-Reyes. I argue that these comics’ unique narrative geometries make them ideally suited for depicting cognitive disabilities in the nuanced context of embodied life. Through their reworking of stereotypes and their unique portrayals of autism, Circling… Read More