Bibliotherapy and Graphic Medicine

McNicol, Sarah . Bibliotherapy and Graphic Medicine., 2018 In: Bibliotherapy. Facet. [Book chapter]

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While most bibliotherapy activities focus on the use of written text, whether in the form of novels, poetry or self-help books, in recent years there has been a growing interest in the use of graphic novels and comics as a form of bibliotherapy. Although graphic novels are, perhaps, most often seen as a library resource for teenagers or less literate readers, there are a growing number of highly sophisticated texts exploring health-related issues, such as Davis B’s Epileptic; Brian Fies’ Mom’s Cancer; and Nicola Streeten’s Billy, Me and You. This chapter explores the ways in which graphic novels and comics can be used as an effective form of bibliotherapy. It considers how the medium can be particularly effective in supporting important features of bibliotherapy such as providing reassurance; connection with others; alternative perspectives; and models of identity. It then draws on examples of bibliotherapy collections from different library settings to demonstrate some of the ways in which graphic texts can be used in bibliotherapy practice.

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: bibliotherapy; graphic medicine
Subjects: C. Users, literacy and reading. > CZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: Dr Sarah McNicol
Date deposited: 18 Sep 2018 09:52
Last modified: 18 Sep 2018 09:52
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/33425

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