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European Journal of Women's Studies

Multiple ontologies of Alzheimer’s disease in /Still Alice/ and /A Song for Martin/: A feminist visual studies of technoscience perspective

by Dragana Lukić (2019)

- STILL ALICE (US/UK/FR 2014, Richard Glatzer, 1952-2015; Wash Westmoreland, 1966-).
- EN SÅNG FÖR MARTIN (A SONG FOR MARTIN, SE/DE/DK 2001, Bille August, 1948-).

Abstract:
The prevalence of dementia is in creasing worldwide but there is still no hope of a cure. Huge resources go in to biomedical research, whose reductive ‘enactment’ has severe consequences for women, who are predominantly affected by dementia. To challenge such tragic enactment, this article considers ‘multiple ontologies’ of the most common type of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease (AD) – in the popular fictional film adaptations Still Alice (2014) and A Song for Martin (En sång för Martin, 2000). Using a post-humanist account of feminist visual studies of technoscience, this comparative film analysis reveals how gender supersedes AD oversteering the hierarchical dualisms between health and pathology, human and nonhuman, and biomedical and artistic modes of knowing about Alzheimer’s. The author argues that these films stress the potential of the arts (dramatic arts and music), as a multisensorial post-humanist embodied state of becoming with AD, to challenge hierarchical dualisms and in novatively contribute to dementia care.

Keywords:
Alzheimer’s disease, arts, dementia care, enactment, feminist visual studies of technoscience, fictional film adaptations, gender, multiple ontologies, women’s bodies.

ToC:
Abstract
Introduction
Theoretical approach, methods and materials
AD enacted as an enviable skill, a success and painful progress: Alice and Lydia
AD enacted as creative force, kiss and touch: Martin and Barbara
Comparative analysis and discussion
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
Notes
References.

(Corresponding Author: Dragana Lukić, Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, UiT The Artic University of Norway, Postboks 6050 Langnes, Tromsø, 9037, Norway. Email: dragana.lukic@uit.no)

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Lukić, Dragana
Multiple ontologies of Alzheimer’s disease in /Still Alice/ and /A Song for Martin/: A feminist visual studies of technoscience perspective.
In: European Journal of Women's Studies 26,4 (Nov 2019), pp. 375-389.
https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506819831718