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DeFalco, Amelia. "Graphic Somatography: Life writing, comics, and the ethics of care." Journal of Medical Humanities 37. (2016): 223–40. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1007/s10912-015-9360-6
BibTeX citation key: DeFalco2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: Autobiography, Ethics, Illness
Creators: DeFalco
Collection: Journal of Medical Humanities
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This essay considers the ways in which graphic caregiving memoirs complicate the idealizing tendencies of ethics of care philosophy. The medium’s “capacious” layering of words, images, temporalities, and perspectives produces “productive tensions. … The words and images entwine, but never synthesize” (Chute 2010, 5). In graphic memoirs about care, this “capaciousness” allows for quick oscillation between the rewards and struggles of care work, representing ambiguous, even ambivalent attitudes toward care. Graphic memoirs effectively represent multiple perspectives without synthesis, part of a structural and thematic ambivalence that provides a provocative counterpart to the abstract idealism of ethics of care philosophy.
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