Metaphor in Illness Writing: Fight and Battle Reused (Paperback)

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Metaphor in Illness Writing: Fight and Battle Reused (Paperback)


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Metaphor in Illness Writing argues that even when a metaphor appears problematic and limiting, it need not be dropped or dismissed. Metaphors are not inherently harmful or beneficial; instead, they can be used in unexpected and creative ways. This book analyses the illness writing of contemporary North American writers who reimagine and reappropriate the supposedly harmful metaphor 'illness is a fight' and shows how Susan Sontag, Audre Lorde, Anatole Broyard, David Foster Wallace and other writers turn the fight metaphor into a space of agency, resistance, self-knowledge and aesthetic pleasure. It joins a conversation in Medical Humanities about alternatives to the predominance of narrative and responds to the call for more metaphor literacy and metaphor competence.

Anita Wohlmann is Associate Professor in Contemporary Anglophone Literature at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. She co-edited three anthologies, among them Narrative Medizin: Praxisbeispiele aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum (2021) and Narrating Disability in Literature and Visual Media (2019). She is the author of Aged Young Adults: Age Readings of Contemporary American Novels and Films (2014).
Product Details ISBN: 9781399500876
ISBN-10: 1399500872
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: May 31st, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English