Wounded Storyteller Body, Illness, and Ethics

ISBN-10: 0226259935
ISBN-13: 9780226259932
Edition: 1995
Authors: Arthur W. Frank
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Description: InAt the Will of the Body, Arthur Frank told the story of his own illnesses, heart attack and cancer. That book ended by describing the existence of a "remission society," whose members all live with some form of illness or disability.The Wounded  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 231
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

InAt the Will of the Body, Arthur Frank told the story of his own illnesses, heart attack and cancer. That book ended by describing the existence of a "remission society," whose members all live with some form of illness or disability.The Wounded Storytelleris their collective portrait.Ill people are more than victims of disease or patients of medicine; they are wounded storytellers. People tell stories to make sense of their suffering; when they turn their diseases into stories, they find healing.Drawing on the work of authors such as Oliver Sacks, Anatole Broyard, Norman Cousins, and Audre Lorde, as well as from people he met during the years he spent among different illness groups, Frank recounts a stirring collection of illness stories, ranging from the well-known—Gilda Radner's battle with ovarian cancer—to the private testimonials of people with cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and disabilties. Their stories are more than accounts of personal suffering: they abound with moral choices and point to a social ethic. Frank identifies three basic narratives of illness in restitution, chaos, and quest. Restitution narratives anticipate getting well again and give prominence to the technology of cure. In chaos narratives, illness seems to stretch on forever, with no respite or redeeming insights. Quest narratives are about finding that insight as illness is transformed into a means for the ill person to become someone new.

Arthur W. Frank is professor of sociology at the University of Calgary and the author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness; The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics; and The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live, the latter two also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Preface
Acknowledgments
When Bodies Need Voices
The Body's Problem with Illness
Illness as a Call for Stories
The Restitution Narrative
The Chaos Narrative
The Quest Narrative
Testimony
The Wound as Half Opening
Notes
Index

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