Oncological Disease Narrative: Analysis of Masculinity Aspect in Men’s Experience Stories

https://doi.org/10.22364/ms22.06 | pp. 53-60 | PDF

Svjatoslavs Kotovs
University of Latvia

Abstract. The aim of the paper is to clarify the narrative of oncological disease in men’s experience stories and to analyse the masculinity aspect in them. The theoretical part of the work consists of the study of the sociological and anthropological aspects of the illness, the definition of the illness narrative, contextualizing all of this with theories of masculinities. The data has been collected through narrative interviews with men who have an experience of oncological disease. A narrative approach and psychoanalytic criticism were used for the analysis of the collected data. The men constructed their illness-related experiences through the prism of masculinity, with a particular focus on changes in the body and masculine identity.

Keywords: narrative oncology, illness narrative, masculinity, psychoanalysis

In: Media and Society, 2022. Proceedings of Scientific Papers = Mediji un sabiedrība, 2022. Rakstu krājums. Riga, University of Latvia, 2023. 173 p.