Fb2 Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness ePub
by Lisa Diedrich
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|Publisher:||Univ Of Minnesota Press; First edition edition (June 12, 2007)|
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I have chosen to look at these broad themes as they come together in a particular object, contemporary memoirs about illness. InTreatments, I investigate the sociohistorical contexts in which these illness narratives¹ are being written and read, as well as the subjective experience of the ill and dying body as described in these narratives.
Diedrich begins this theoretically rigorous analysis by offering examples of midcentury memoirs of tuberculosis.
Lisa Diedrich does not reveal any personal motives for having embarked on a study of other peoples’ illness narratives, nor should she feel a duty to do so. As a scholar of cultural and literary studies, Diedrich deploys the formal approaches of textual criticism to expose the inner workings o. . As a scholar of cultural and literary studies, Diedrich deploys the formal approaches of textual criticism to expose the inner workings of narratives published by seriously ill and dying persons.
Myers, Kimberly R. Bibliographic Citation. Literature and Medicine 2007 Fall; 26(2): 430-435.
ISBN13:9780816646982. Release Date:June 2007. Publisher:University of Minnesota Press. 77 lbs. Dimensions:0. You Might Also Enjoy.
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Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr. Publish date: 05/24/2007.
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Creative expression inspired by disease has been criticized as a celebration of victimhood, unmediated personal experience, or just simply bad art. Despite debate, however, memoirs written about illness—particularly AIDS or cancer—have proliferated since the late twentieth century and occupy a highly influential place on the cultural landscape today.
In Treatments, Lisa Diedrich considers illness narratives, demonstrating that these texts not only recount and interpret symptoms but also describe illness as an event that reflects wider cultural contexts, including race, gender, class, and sexuality. Diedrich begins this theoretically rigorous analysis by offering examples of midcentury memoirs of tuberculosis. She then looks at Susan Sontag’s Illness As Metaphor, Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s “White Glasses,” showing how these breast cancer survivors draw on feminist health practices of the 1970s and also anticipate the figure that would appear in the wake of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s—the “politicized patient.” She further reveals how narratives written by doctors Abraham Verghese and Rafael Campo about treating people with AIDS can disrupt the doctor–patient hierarchy, and she explores practices of witnessing that emerge in writing by Paul Monette and John Bayley.
Through these records of intensely personal yet universal experience, Diedrich demonstrates how language both captures and fails to capture these “scenes of loss” and how illness narratives affect the literary, medical, and cultural contexts from which they arise. Finally, by examining the ways in which the sick speak and are spoken for, she argues for an ethics of failure—the revaluation of loss as creating new possibilities for how we live and die.
Lisa Diedrich is assistant professor of women’s studies at Stony Brook University.