The aim of this workshop was to explore the ways that genres figure and operate in illness narratives and comics about medicine, illness, and disability, and to address the following questions:
- How are specific genres, such as life-writing, memoir, or the confessional, distributed across the different media of literary narrative and comics?
- How do these two different media incorporate, enact, or revise generic traditions?
- What aesthetic expectations are coupled with these different genres, and how do they play out (similarly or differently) in illness narratives and works of graphic medicine?
- What are the resulting social, historical, and biomedical effects of these generic expectations, when we consider the role(s) played by illness narratives or works of graphic medicine in various different contexts?