Sugar, Shame & Love: Writing Diabetes from within a Public Health Crisis
Monday, March 5, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
This talk offers the literary text, read through the lens of disability theory, as an important resource for addressing racial health disparities. Focusing on the representation of diabetes in two Chicana feminist texts (The Panza Monologues by Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga and Blood Sugar Canto by ire’ne lara silva), Dr. Julie A. Minich will demonstrate how each refutes mainstream narratives about diabetes that treat individualized dietary interventions as sufficient for addressing a communal health experience. Instead, these texts illuminate the social forces that present some bodies as less valuable than others and resist singular prescriptions (such as weight loss) for complex health phenomena. See more.