Narrative Modulation in the Storytelling of Breast Cancer Survivors’ Transitional Experiences

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Language of Crisis
Subtitle of host publicationMetaphors, Frames and Discourses
EditorsMimi Huang, Lise-Lotte Holmgreen
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Publication statusPublished - 2020
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Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter aims to investigate breast cancer survivors’ diverse experiences and complex needs during the critical transitional periods between diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The chapter proposes and develops an original concept of “narrative modulation” in storytelling, which is employed to analyse breast cancer survivors’ written narratives. The study finds that narrative modulators that function by image schemas, metaphors, frames, as well as psychosocial coping and adjustment strategies are instrumental in configuring and navigating breast cancer survivors’ journeys from health crisis to survivorship. The model of narrative modulation offers an original and useful analytical approach for researchers and healthcare practitioners to gain a nuanced and contextualised understanding of patients’ continual adaptations during cancer survivorship within their own socio-cultural and personal environments.