``Unfitting Stories is a thoughtful gathering of approaches to understanding the relationship between narrative structures and the myriad personal, social, and political meanings of trauma, illness, and disability. In this age of memoir, such a collection is both timely and new.... Readers will have much to choose from.'' (Susannah B. Mintz Biography, 31:4, Fall 2008)
``Unfitting Stories is an extraordinary book. The remarkable ability of the authors to effectively highlight the illuminating and unifying ability of narrative, while bridging the gap between academic knowledge and personal experience, makes this book essential reading. The interested read not only gains a sense of the authority inherent in narrative, but, importantly, gains a realization that narrative is much more than the re-telling of one's life story.'' (Richard A. Meckel Sexuality and Disability, Vol. 26, No. 1, March 2008)
``The individual essays in Unfitting Stories provide useful examples of possible approaches to the study of disease, disability, and trauma narratives, including the acknowledgement of both the potentials of and problems with research focused on narrative. (The latter are addressed most directly by James Overboe's challenge to the way narrative has become synonymous with personhood.) The strength of this book is its interdisciplinary and its expressed awareness of the possibilities and obstacles of an interdisplinary project. The overarching message of the volume is that no single disciplinary approach can be comprehensive—that cross-disciplinary conversations need to happen in order to help us better understand the role of narrative in relation to the destabilizing forces of disease, disability, and trauma.'' (Sheila Bock Western Folklore, 68, 2–3, 2009)
About the Author
Valerie Raoul is a professor of women’s studies and French and the director of the SAGA Centre for Studies in Autobiography, Gender, and Age; Connie Canam and Angela D. Henderson are faculty members in the School of Nursing; Carla Paterson teaches in the interdisciplinary Arts Foundations program, all at the University of British Columbia. Funded by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC, the editors were involved in the interdisciplinary project on narratives of disease, disability, and trauma on which this book is based.