Illness as narrative /

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Author / Creator:Jurecic, Ann, 1962-
Imprint:Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©2012.
Description:1 online resource (224 pages)
Series:Pittsburgh series in composition, literacy, and culture
Pittsburgh series in composition, literacy, and culture.
Subject:Autobiography -- Authorship.
Diseases in literature.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
American literature.
Autobiography -- Authorship.
Diseases in literature.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:"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."--Project Muse.
Other form:Print version: 0822961903
Standard no.:ebc2039279