Visual Analysis of the Challenges of Care Giving in Graphic Pathographies

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION AND HEALTH, 2018 / No. 13

6 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2018

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Pushpanathan Sethurathinam

National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, Students

Date Written: September 21, 2017

Abstract

Graphic care giving memoirs facilitate the healing process of caregivers’ suffering and struggles in the form of storytelling since the graphic narratives have developed both in sophistication and cultural importance as quoted by Ian Williams, the founder of the dedicated website for medical humanities called Graphic Medicine. Amelia Defalco identifies “capaciousness” of graphic format which allows for quick oscillation between the rewards and struggles of care, representing ambiguous, even ambivalent attitudes towards care. The Philosophy of care revolves around the ethical act of responding to the other. The narrator or protagonist of graphic pathographies cares for a variety of family members, friends, strangers and even animals. What is care giving? Why should one take care of others? How family members overcome challenges of care giving and how such narratives are portrayed in graphic memoirs? Is it possible to have informal care giving for terminally ill patients? Addressing such questions and drawing on theories of care giving, this paper by close reading Sarah Leavitt’s graphic memoir Tangles, analyses the responsibility of the daughter in taking care of her demented mother , who is in dire need of assistance even for carrying out personal hygiene related basic life activities and concurs with theories of care giving.

Keywords: Graphic Medicine, Care giving, Alzheimer, Philosophy and Ethics.

JEL Classification: 114

Suggested Citation

Sethurathinam, Pushpanathan, Visual Analysis of the Challenges of Care Giving in Graphic Pathographies (September 21, 2017). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION AND HEALTH, 2018 / No. 13 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3253019

Pushpanathan Sethurathinam (Contact Author)

National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, Students ( email )

Trichy Thanjavur Expressway
Tamil Nadu
Tiruchirappalli
India

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