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Para vivir con salud

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Kathryn Joy McKnight, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Jill Kuhnheim, Lawrence, Kansas

Copyright Year: 2022

Publisher: Kathryn Joy McKnight and Jill Kuhnheim

Language: English

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Reviewed by Diego Bustos, Director of the Spanish Program, Border Studies Program, Earlham College on 12/16/22

The book does a great job presenting a new approach to the study of cultural and literary production in Spanish from the perspective of the medical professions. This perspective gives a new air to the cultural studies of the area without losing... read more

Reviewed by Tania PEREZ CANO, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on 11/30/22

The book objective is to combine the knowledge of Spanish as a language and cultural understanding of topics related to health and literature. It has two sections, The first one has five chapters that offer resources on how to read and understand... read more

Table of Contents

  • Descargar el libro (Downloading the book)

  • About the cover illustration

  • Introduction for Instructors

  • Goals and Learning Objectives

  • I. Parte I: Los géneros expresivos y cómo leerlos
    • Capítulo 1: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University Reading Guide for Reflective Practice

    • Capítulo 2: Cómo leer la narrativa

    • Capítulo 3: Cómo leer la poesía:

    • Capítulo 4: Cómo leer el teatro

    • Capítulo 5: Cómo leer el cine

  • II. Parte II: Unidades temáticas
    • Capítulo 1: Las experiencias médicas, la ficción y la empatía

    • Capítulo 2: Nuestros conceptos de salud son culturales

    • Capítulo 3: La experiencia de la enfermedad

    • Capítulo 4: La medicina como conocimiento y actividad humanos

    • Capítulo 5: Cuerpo, género y sexualidad

    • Capítulo 6: Estados de ánimo

    • Capítulo 7: El final de la vida

  • Glosario de términos literarios y cinematográficos

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Para vivir con salud: Leyendo la salud y la literatura is the first textbook to introduce literary and textual analysis of Hispanic literature through the lens of health, illness, and medicine. The book meets the needs of the fast-growing numbers of Spanish majors and minors who are preparing themselves for careers in healthcare, in which they will engage Hispanic communities. These students seek advanced-level study of Hispanic culture and language that prepares them to communicate about health-related issues. While a growing number of literature departments teach Spanish courses with a health focus and most require their majors and minors to take an introductory course in literary or textual analysis, the crucial connection between the study of literature and professionalization in healthcare is generally not being made for or by these students.

The movements of Narrative Medicine and Health Humanities have shown persuasively that healthcare providers benefit from a humanistic preparation that promotes empathy across difference; builds an understanding of how culture, language, and history shape our knowledge of health, illness, and medicine; and trains students in narrative competence to better understand and collaborate with patients and colleagues. Para vivir con salud is designed especially for the often-required Introduction to Hispanic Literature or Introduction to Textual Analysis course in most college Spanish programs, allowing individual sections to be transformed into a learning experience that prepares health professionals and brings them into greater engagement in literary and cultural studies in the Spanish major or minor.

Para vivir con salud includes classics of Hispanic narrative, drama, and poetry—pieces by authors such as Cervantes, Garcilaso, Sor Juana, Martí, Neruda, Castellanos, Pizarnik, and Morejón, less-well-known literary authors and a wealth of other types of cultural texts. While the primary genres of poetry, narrative and drama are well represented, the book includes expository essays, journalism, memoir, testimony, song, film, television, and visual art. It presents voices and experiences from the diverse Hispanic world, including European, Creole, Indigenous, Mestizo, Afro-Hispanic, Latinx, and Jewish perspectives. Selections are almost evenly divided between male and female authors. While the latter half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century comprise a little more than half of the selections, about 20% of the texts pre-date the twentieth century. Seventeen countries are represented, including the United States.

About the Contributors


Kathryn Joy McKnight, Univeristy of New Mexico

Jill Kuhnheim, University of Kansas

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