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Illness as Narrative

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ISBN-10: 0822961903

ISBN-13: 9780822961901

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ann Jurecic

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For most of literary history, personal confessions about illness were considered too intimate to share publicly. By the mid-twentieth century, however, a series of events set the stage for the emergence of the illness narrative. The increase of chronic disease, the transformation of medicine into big business, the women’s health movement, the AIDS/HIV pandemic, the advent of inexpensive paperbacks, and the rise of self-publishing all contributed to the proliferation of narratives about encounters with medicine and mortality.      While the illness narrative is now a staple of the publishing industry, the genre itself has posed a problem for literary studies. What is the role of criticism in…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 3/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.264
Language: English

Illness Narratives and the Challenge to Criticism
Life Narratives in the Risk Society
Responding to the Pain of Others
Sontag, Suffering, and the Work of Writing
Theory's Aging Body
Reparative Reading
Works Cited