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'Voice of resistance' : Rim Banna, cancer, and Palestine's body politic.

Hamdar, Abir (2019) ''Voice of resistance' : Rim Banna, cancer, and Palestine's body politic.', Medical humanities. .


This essay offers a cultural anatomy of Palestinian artist Rim Banna’s post-illness body, from her cancer diagnosis, through her death and into the commemorations that ensued. The essay draws on Banna’s music, her interviews, as well as the public obituaries in the wake of her death, to argue that her cancer (and other chronic health issues) have not only been transformed into an allegory or metaphor for the colonial situation of Palestine but into the site for a poetics of Palestinian unity and resistance. In conclusion, the essay observes how the posthumous release of Banna’s last album is the culmination of this becoming-political of cancer.

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Publisher statement:This article has been accepted for publication in BMJ Medical Humanities, 2019 following peer review, and the Version of Record can be accessed online at
Date accepted:19 March 2019
Date deposited:19 February 2019
Date of first online publication:21 June 2019
Date first made open access:15 March 2019

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