(HOBAR) Open University History of Books and Reading Seminar

(HOBAR) Open University History of Books and Reading Seminar
4 May 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

Jenny Cattier (Anglia Ruskin University)
The Place of Speculative Fiction in Bibliotherapy

Using fiction and poetry as therapy is currently gaining much attention from a diverse set of audiences including the general public, clinical practitioners, and academic scholars. Since the First World War, when the term ‘bibliotherapy’ was first coined, the practice of therapeutic reading has evolved through many forms and in the last two decades it has begun to establish its validity and credibility as an adjunctive treatment for mental health issues including depression. This seminar talk will explore the therapeutic potential of science fiction, and fantasy fiction and how they could be ideally suited to speak to women with depression. 

Jenny Cattier is a PhD researcher studying the efficacy of speculative fiction in the practice of bibliotherapy for women with depression. As a practice-based PhD her thesis will comprise a collection of short stories, as well as research exploring the self-reported experience of women who have achieved bibliotherapeutic effect from reading science fiction and fantasy stories.

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