A key approach in Health Humanities is analyzing non-fiction narratives of illness and disease in literature, popular media, and film. Finding examples of these narratives and scholarship about them can be challenging. Below are some search tips.
Remember: If you ever get stuck while searching, contact your librarian!
Subject headings are descriptors that indicate what a book is about. In our catalog, they are linked so when you find a good one, you can find other books designated with the same subject heading. Here's an example of the subject headings for Audre Lorde's The Cancer Journals, from UT's library catalog.
In this case, if you clicked on the subject heading "Breast -- Cancer -- Patients," it will provide a list of other books about those with breast cancer. This approach is helpful for finding other, similar memoirs.
Having a variety search terms can help. See the Preparing to Search page for tips on brainstorming these terms.
Once you determine some good terms, combine them with specific genres (poetry, memoir, autobiography, etc.). For example:
Once you have come up with terms, try them in the library catalog or in a relevant database. Not sure what search tool to use? Try some of the databases on the Finding Articles page, and if you still need help, contact your librarian!
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