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Painting for cover art by Beth Stewart

“Emilia Nielsen explores graphic narrative, comics, and other media to critique breast cancer’s cultural impact. Focusing on the performance of patienthood and survivorship in disruptive narratives, Emilia Nielsen clearly argues that personal narratives have the power to ‘shift the public discourse’ from its long tradition of mystifying the disease.”

Jane E. Shultz, Professor, Department of English, Indiana University

“Emilia Nielsen impressively draws on, and enters in dialogue with, a wide range of recent scholarship addressing illness narratives and challenging mainstream breast cancer culture. Nielsen shows how the study of disruptive breast cancer narratives requires attention to the performativity of patienthood and resistance as well as to the entanglement of emotion, gender, and sexuality.”

Stella Bolaki, Senior Lecturer, School of English, University of Kent