This chapter, “The Heart of the Matter: Love and Care in Health Humanities,” investigates how the multiple meanings of the heart and of love can be brought to bear on a multidisciplinary investigation of love-as-care in literary studies (through the works of William Shakespeare) and in biomedical engineering (through the innovation of artificial hearts). In both cases, the heart is witnessed as both a physical body part and a site of love-as-care. In this chapter, Phillips, Stevens, and Hansen establish a basis for this approach, centring on a health humanities-informed concept of therapeutic love. Then, they apply this concept at a literary and a clinical level, considering manifestations of therapeutic love in Shakespeare’s King Lear, before examining the role of love-as-care in the post-implantation management of patients with artificial hearts.
|Title of host publication||Contemporary Love Studies in the Arts and Humanities|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 3 May 2023|