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September 2021


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Globalism and Gendering Cancer

Tracking the Trope of Oncogenic Women from the US to Kenya
Miriam O'Kane Mara

This book connects a rhetorical examination of medical and public health policy documents with a humanistic investigation of cultural texts to uncover the link between gendered representations of health and cancer. The author argues that in Western biomedical contexts, cancer is considered a women’s disease and their bodies are treated as inherently oncogenic or cancer-producing, which leads to biomedical practices that adversely impact their bodily autonomy. She examines how these biases traverse national boundaries by examining the transmission of biomedical cancer practices from the U.S. and international organizations to Kenya.


Miriam O'Kane Mara is a professor of English at Arizona State University. Her research interests include medical and health discourses, Irish literature and film and food studies.