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CHAPTER THREE

BODYSCAPE: ISOLATION, HEALTH, AND THE WOMAN’S VOICE

This chapter will focus on isolation, medical issues, and why women

playwrights tell these stories. The plays studied explore the concerns surrounding

ailments and treatments, isolation and community, and access to healthcare in rural and

urban Saskatchewan. Given the pride most Saskatchewan residents take in their

province’s reputation as being the birthplace of Canadian Medicare, it is not surprising

that medicine is a recurring topic in this cross-section of Saskatchewan radio dramas.

Plays with healthcare-related themes or settings also provide ample ground for

continuing to explore themes of isolation. Dramatic treatments of patients interacting

with doctors, patients in hospitals, patients receiving medical diagnoses and/or

treatment are prevalent. Some plays deal with the tensions that arise when patients, or

potential patients, live in rural areas and are thus isolated from easier access to

professional medical care found in cities. Concerns are also raised about paternalistic

medical culture and its treatment of immigrants and women in pioneer-era

Saskatchewan. The physical and emotional isolation experienced by characters who

encounter mental health professionals will be explored. Some characters are isolated

because of their illness (mental or physical) and some are isolated because of the

treatment they seek (or are forced to seek) to ease their affliction.

Most of the plays in this collection that deal with themes of health and

healthcare are written by women. To frame a discussion of women, health and care, I

want to draw on Carol Gilligan’s observations on women’s voices and the ethics of

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