About the Author

Monica Greco

E-Mail: M.Greco@gold.ac.uk

Monica Greco (BA, MA, PhD) is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. For over twenty years, her research has engaged with the history, philosophy, and contemporary practices of psychosomatic medicine, with the aim of probing and expanding contemporary imaginaries of health. Monica is the author of Illness as a Work of Thought: A Foucauldian Perspective on Psychosomatics (Routledge, 1998), guest-editor of a special issue of Theory and Psychology on ‘Liminal Hotspots’ (with P. Stenner and J. Motzkau, 2017) and of a special issue of BMJ Medical Humanities on ‘Biopolitics and Psychosomatics’ (2019). She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals on topics including constructs of health, illness, explanation and classification in psychosomatic medicine; the problematic of vitalism; healthism; and medical humanities.

Contributions by Author: Monica Greco

The Illness of Narrative

Reframing the Question of Limits

This paper uses Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground as the starting point for a critique of the assumption that engaging with narratives enhances well-being. While the ‘limits of narrative’ have long been an object of critique by scholars in the medical humanities, the question of limits has been posed primarily in terms of whether narrativity can be considered an anthropological universal, and in terms of what (or whom) a privileging of narrativity might exclude. […]