Recently, proponents of the Critical Medical Humanities have recommended more genre-specific approaches to the analyses of illness narratives, looking at cultural specificities of idioms of distress rather than exclusively at trans-historical or transcultural approaches. This genre-specific critique grounds my reading of the work of Chinese poets Guo Lusheng (*1948) and Wen Jie (*1963), diagnosed with schizophrenia and clinical depression, respectively. The study uncovers a lyrical voice that takes shape in the poets’ illness-related contents, but also in the formal aspects of the Chinese poetic tradition. I argue that the therapeutic delight of writing poetry lies less in expressing subjective experiences than in finding poetic forms that integrate individual experiences into a collective form of illness poetics.
|Title of host publication||Jahrbuch Literatur und Medizin : Bd. X|
|Editors||Florian STEGER, Katharina Fürholzer|
|Place of Publication||Germany|
|ISBN (Print)||9783825369385, 9783825378394|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2018|