(HOBAR) Open University History of Books and Reading Seminar

(HOBAR) Open University History of Books and Reading Seminar
30 March 2020, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
This seminar has been postponed in response to the evolving public health challenge caused by COVID-19

Liz Brewster (Lancaster University)
Experiences, Interactions and Interpretations: Bibliotherapy in Theory and Practice

Throughout the long history of using books to help treat or manage mental health difficulties, the word ‘bibliotherapy’ has meant different things to different people. In this talk, I will outline some of the key disputes and disagreements, many of which have still not been solved, such as who is best placed to deliver bibliotherapy, and what kinds of texts should be considered therapeutic. I will introduce and outline four different ways that bibliotherapy may be seen to work in practice, with books providing emotional connection, escapism, social support and/or information. Presenting data from empirical work conducted in the UK, I will consider bibliotherapy from the position of a reader as well as from a bibliotherapist.

Liz Brewster is a senior lecturer at Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University. Her research focuses on experiences of mental health and wellbeing, and particularly on how creative activities such as reading may affect mental health. In 2018, she co-edited the text Bibliotherapy with Dr Sarah McNicol.

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