The Drs. Henry and Janet Claman Medical Humanities Collection has added graphic novels focusing on personal narratives of illness. The graphic novel (sometimes referred to as comics) gained new respect by taking on serious themes and important social issues in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Graphic novels are now part of most library collections and recognized as a powerful medium of entertainment and artistic expression. In September 2001, graphic artist Art Speigelman’s powerful New Yorker cover became one of the representative images of the event. Graphic novels have more recently been recognized as an effective way to communicate and broaden understanding of the experience of illness.
The following graphic novels were recently added to the collection:
Couch fiction : a graphic tale of psychotherapy / story, Philippa Perry ; art, Junko Graat
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WM 420 P464c 2010
Psychiatric tales : eleven graphic stories about mental illness / Darryl Cunningham.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WM 140 C973p 2011
Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things things that happened
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WM 171.5 B874h 2013
Bitter medicine : a graphic memoir of mental illness / Clem Martini and Olivier Martini.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WM 203 M386b 2010
Swallow me whole / Nate Powell.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WM 203 P885s 2008
Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, and me : a graphic memoir / by Ellen Forney.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WM 207 F727m 2012
Epileptic / David B. HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WL 385 B1113a 2005t
Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? / Roz Chast.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WT 120 C489c 2014
These graphic novels join prior acquisitions:
View a few pages of this graphic novel.
(Roll over the image and click the play button that appears in the center of the image.)
[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]