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The Resource Illness as narrative, Ann Jurecic

Illness as narrative, Ann Jurecic

Label
Illness as narrative
Title
Illness as narrative
Statement of responsibility
Ann Jurecic
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 relation to personal accounts of suffering? Can these narratives be judged on aesthetic grounds? Are they a collective expression of the lost intimacy of the patient-doctor relationship? Is their function thus instrumental--to elicit the reader's empathy? To answer these questions, Ann Jurecic turns to major works on pain and suffering by Susan Sontag, Elaine Scarry, and Eve Sedgwick and reads these alongside illness narratives by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Reynolds Price, and Anne Fadiman, among others. In the process, she defines the subgenres of risk and pain narratives and explores a range of critical responses guided, alternately, by narrative empathy, the hermeneutics of suspicion, and the practice of reparative reading. Illness as Narrative seeks to draw wider attention to this form of life writing and to argue for new approaches to both literary criticism and teaching narrative. Jurecic calls for a practice that's both compassionate and critical. She asks that we consider why writers compose stories of illness, how readers receive them, and how both use these narratives to make meaning of human fragility and mortality."--Publisher
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jurecic, Ann
Dewey number
810.9/3561
Index
index present
LC call number
PS228.D57
LC item number
J87 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Pittsburgh series in composition, literacy, and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Diseases in literature
  • Autobiography
  • Medicine in Literature
  • Personal Narratives as Topic
  • Sick Role
  • Writing
Label
Illness as narrative, Ann Jurecic
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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
Control code
761852954
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 178 pages
Isbn
9780822961901
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2011048866
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)761852954
Label
Illness as narrative, Ann Jurecic
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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
Control code
761852954
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 178 pages
Isbn
9780822961901
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2011048866
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)761852954

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