Title

Advancing nursing scholarship through the interpretation of imaginative literature: Ancestral connectedness and the survival of the sufferer

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2001

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Imaginative literature has played an important role in nursing practice and education since the time of Florence Nightingale. Used primarily as an exemplar, however, its potential has not been realized fully by nurses. This article addresses the use of imaginative literature in scholarly inquiry, Often considered the aegis of literary critics and philosophers, the formal discipline of literary criticism enables the nurse to identify concepts and to generate theoretic explanations about human phenomena. The relationship between the ancestor and the survival of the sufferer is illustrated using Morrison's literary and cultural paradigm applied to selected novels, Implications for practice are identified.

Publication Title

ADVANCES IN NURSING SCIENCE

Volume

24

Issue

2

First Page

65

Last Page

80