Bibliography of Key Texts

The bibliographies below are indicative of the literature and approaches that have informed the contemporary, historical and literary approaches of the Off Sick project. They are also intended as a resource and starting point for further research by other interested parties.


Analysing Narratives

P. Atkinson & S. Delamont (eds.) Narrative Methods, 4 vols. (London, 2004)
J. Elliott, Using Narrative in Social Research; Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (London, 2005)
J. F. Gubrium & J. A. Holstein (eds.), Handbook of Interview Research: Context and Method (London, 2002)
D. Herman, M. Jahn & M. Ryan (eds.), Routledge Encyclopaedia of Narrative Theory (London, 2005)
K. Plummer, Documents of Life: an Invitation to a Critical Humanism (London, 2001)
F. Rapport, G. Wainwright and G. Elwyn, ‘”Of the edgelands”’; broadening the scope of qualitative methodology’, Medical Humanities 31 (2005), pp. 37-42
C. K. Riessman, Narrative Analysis (London, 1993)
D. Silverman, Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analyzing Talk, Text and Interaction, 3rd edition (2006, orig. 1993)
L. Stanley, The Autobiographical I (Manchester, 1992)


Contemporary Approaches to Illness Narratives

P. Atkinson, ‘Narrative turn or blind alley’, Qualitative Health Research 7 (1997), pp. 325-44
P. Atkinson & D. Silverman, ‘Kundera’s immortality: the interview society and the invention of the self’, Qualitative Inquiry 3 (2007), pp. 304–25
A. P. Bochner, ‘Narrative’s virtues’, Qualitative Inquiry 7 (2001), pp. 131–57
A. Blum, The Grey Zone of Health and Illness (Chicago, 2011)
A. W. Frank, ‘Why study people’s stories? The dialogical ethics of narrative analysis’, International Journal of Qualitative Methods 1 (2002), pp. 1-20
A. W. Frank, The Wounded Storyteller; Body, Illness and Ethics (Chicago, 1995)
A. Kleinman, The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing and the Human Condition (New York, 1988)
E. G. Mishler, ‘Patient stories: narratives of resistance and the ethics of humane care: a la recherché du temps perdu’, Health 9 (2005), pp. 431-51
A. C. Sparkes, ‘Bodies, narratives, selves, and autobiography’, Journal of Sport and Social Issues 28 (2004), pp. 397–428
C. Thomas, ‘Negotiating the contested terrain of narrative methods in illness contexts’, Sociology of Health and Illness 32 (2020), pp. 647-60


Historical Approaches

M. Fissell, ‘The disappearance of the patient’s narrative’, in M. French & A. Wear (eds.), British Medicine in an Age of Reform (London, 1991), pp. 91-109
M. Fissell, Patients, Power and the Poor in Eighteenth-Century Bristol (1991)
N. Jewson, ‘Medical knowledge and the patronage system’, Sociology 8 (1974), p. 369-85
N. Jewson, ‘Disappearance of the sick man from medical cosmology’, Sociology 10 (1976), pp. 225-44
R. Porter (ed.), Patients and Practitioners; Lay Properties of Medicine in Pre-Industrial Society (Cambridge, 1985)
R. Porter, ‘The patient in England, c.1660-c.1800’, in A Wear (ed.), Medicine in
Society: Historical Essays
(Cambridge, 1992), pp. 91-118.
R. Porter, ‘Reforming the patient in the Age of Reform; Thomas Beddoes and medical practice’, in M. French & A. Wear (eds.), British Medicine in an Age of Reform (London, 1991), pp. 9-44
C. Rosenberg, Explaining Epidemics and Other Studies in the History of Medicine (Cambridge, 1992)
N. M Theriot, ‘Negotiating illness; doctors patients and families in the nineteenth century’, Journal of the History of the Behavioural Sciences 37 (2001), pp. 349-68


Literary Approaches

J. M. Caldwell, Literature and Medicine in Nineteenth-century Britain: from Mary Shelley to George Eliot (Cambridge, 2004)
R. Charon, Narrative Medicine (Oxford, 2006)
B. Clarke & W. Aycock (eds.), The Body and the Text: Comparative Essays in Literature and Medicine (Austin, 1990)
N. Cousins (ed.), The Physician in Literature (Philadelphia, 1982)
M. Healy, Fictions of Disease in Early Modern England; Bodies, Plagues and Politics (Basingstoke, 2001)
M. Johnson, The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason (Chicago, 1987)
C. Lawlor, Consumption and Literature: the Making of the Romantic Disease (Basingstoke, 2006)
M. Neve, ‘Medicine and Literature’, in W. F. Buynum & R. Porter (eds.), Companion Encyclopaedia of the History of Medicine (London, 1993), vol. 2, pp. 1520-35.
S. Posen (ed.), The Doctor in Literature: Satisfaction or Resentment (Abingdon, 2005)
S. Sontag, Illness as Metaphor (London, 1979)