Ward atmospheres of horror and healing: a comparative analysis of narrative
2003 (English)In: Health, ISSN 1363-4593, Vol. 7, no 4, 377-396 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aspects of a social setting profoundly influence personal experience in the setting. The purpose of our study was to further understand the phenomenon of ward atmosphere through a detailed case study. One narrator describes and contrasts two ward experiences, one where she lost her mother through death, and the other where she became a mother through birthing. Using classic storytelling forms, she develops a long narrative juxtaposing the two settings: one healing, the other horrifying. Close examination of narrative structure and aesthetics of the illness narrative shows how the narrator forges a discourse about the moral life - how healing should occur. Experiences in the two settings continue to have significance in her subjectivity. The research suggests aspects of ward atmosphere that warrant further investigation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 7, no 4, 377-396 p.
aesthetics, healing, horror, narrative analysis, ward atmosphere
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4340DOI: 10.1177/13634593030074001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-4340DiVA: diva2:143382