Danielle Spencer is the author of the forthcoming Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity (Oxford University Press, 2020) and co-author of Perkins-Prize-winning The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (OUP, 2017). Academic Director of the Columbia University Master of Science in Narrative Medicine Program, her scholarly and creative work appears in diverse outlets, from The Lancet to Ploughshares

Formerly artist/musician David Byrne’s Art Director, Spencer holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She is a 2019 MacDowell Fellow and 2021 Yaddo Fellow. Lives in New York city.

Metagnosis: Revelator Narratives of Health and Identity, by Danielle Spencer - book cover

Metagnosis is masterful, original, filled with electric thinking, sparking, glinting, illuminating corners so dark we didn’t know they were there. In today’s storytelling fever, all who tell and listen to stories need deeply perceptive guides who provide conceptual and practical frameworks for interpreting narratives’ complexities. Danielle Spencer has emerged as a rare intellectual quester and pioneer who provides theoretical and methodological clarity to narrative medicine and all such efforts to comprehend the lives lived around illness, health, and care.” — Rita Charon

Narratives of Health and Identity: Danielle Spencer in Conversation with Andrew Solomon: September 23, 2020 | 4pm EST | Zoom event. Please join Danielle Spencer in conversation with Andrew Solomon, discussing Spencer’s new book, Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity (Oxford University Press, 2020.) Registration.

9/9/20 Columbia Narrative Medicine Rounds videoecording.      More on Metagnosis…

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