Women’s Illness Narratives: Storytelling as Art-Informed Inquiry
Keywords:Arts-informed Narrative, Inquiry Storytelling, Illness Narratives, Narrative Research, Arthur W. Frank's Illness Perspectives
This article explores three narratives from South Asian Canadian immigrant women living with HIV, and how the project shifted from a conventional qualitative interview methodology toward an arts-informed narrative inquiry. Sharing my own story as an immigrant and refugee woman helped to establish trust and an emotive engagement with the women, making it easier for them to share their HIV-related experiences. Using a storytelling approach and Arthur W. Frank’s illness perspectives (1995),which include restitution (getting well), chaos (hopelessness), and quest (transcendence) as a framework, can deepen understandings of their lived experience as immigrant and refugee women living with HIV.
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