Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Medicine, Subjectivity, and the Representation of Disability in Una posibilidad entre mil

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (2019), 13, (4), 411–427.

Abstract

In the 2009 Spanish graphic memoir Una posibilidad entre mil (One in a Thousand), artists Cristina Durán and Miguel Ángel Giner Bou depict the first three years of the life of their daughter, Laia, who develops a severe cerebral hemorrhage shortly after birth. While the parents gain agency and become the subjects of their story, the book becomes problematic given that Laia never leaves the realm of the subject to: subject to medical care, to her parents’ decisions, and to the narrative they create about her life. In order to examine these levels of subjectivity, the article assesses the book’s rhetorics to demonstrate how subjectivity and agency are created or limited throughout the narrative. The form of the graphic narrative possesses tools that could visually represent the story Laia is unable to verbally tell, but Una posibilidad does not take advantage of these tools. Instead, it inadvertently denies the agency of its single disabled character. Additionally, following the footsteps of academics such as G. Thomas Couser, the article interrogates the ethical concerns in Una posibilidads representations of medical care and disability.

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Jones, Elizabeth Jan