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Contributor Archives: Victoria Costello

The implications of plot lines in illness and memoir

Narrative therapy uses a client’s life story to shine a spotlight on how he understands his experience. The concept of an “illness narrative” emerged not in a literary context but over the past two decades in the fields of psychotherapy and medicine. I have pondered illness narratives from the point of view of a depressed parent [...]