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“You Can’t Combat Nothing”

Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Reframing Mental Illness Through Webcomics

In late October 2011, Allie Brosh disappeared. For nearly two years, the writer, blogger, and cartoonist enjoyed public recognition as the creator of the webcomic Hyperbole and a Half, which first appeared on Google’s free Blogspot platform in 2009. [1] Gaining cult-like status amongst young adults online, at the height of its popularity in 2010, the blog averaged 200,000 views and between 1,000 and 2,500 comments per post.

Through the Eyes of Peter Pan

Internalizing Mental Illness via Animation in the Documentary Life, Animated

This article discusses to what extent the documentary film, through its aesthetic strategies and narrative style, spotlights the topic of mental illness, contributing to society’s acceptance of this taboo topic. The 2016 documentary Life, Animated, which integrates animations into its presentation, gives insights into the concrete possibilities of negotiating the topic of mental disorders. […]

The Madwoman in the Cellar

Trauma and Gender After Both World Wars — A Field Study of Psychiatric Files

The phenomenon of post-trauma ailments — be they physical or psychological — is certainly nothing new under the sun, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (hereafter PTSD), so far, is the most recent label for this condition.[3] Throughout the history of (wo)mankind, symptoms appearing after cataclysmic events for a specific person or a group of people have been witnessed and recorded for centuries, even entering eminent literary accounts, as the classic quotes above demonstrate.

Material Shifts

Theorizing Endometriosis, Embodiment, and Experimental Art

As a writer, I have always found poetry and prose to be the most satisfying methods to work through my observations, ideas, and embodiment. But the language of the body—and its metaphors—has its own limitations. When grappling with illness bound up within the reproductive organs, words either reek of their clinical orientation or are flagrantly gendered or sexual. […]

Blogging to Let Go

Life Writing, Maternal Cancer, and Death

Ideal mothers are not ill or dying. Yet, some mother children while being terminally ill. The dominant narrative of the ideal mother is one in which the mother is constructed as an ever-present figure who is never sick. Living in the nearness of death is incompatible with the expectation for the ever-present ideal mother. [1] Still, some mothers with stage IV cancer narrate their lives on blogs until they die. This article focuses on two blogs by mothers […]