Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014191176X

Category: Medical

Page: 192

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In l978 Sontag wrote Illness As Metaphor. A cancer patient herself at the time, she shows how the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the suffering of the patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment. By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer, Sontag shows cancer for what it is - just a disease. Cancer is not a curse, not a punishment, certainly not an embarrassment, and highly curable, if good treatment is found early enough. Almost a decade later, with the outbreak of a new, stigmatised disease replete with mystifications and punitive metaphors, Sontag wrote Aids and its Metaphors, extending the argument of the earlier book to the AIDS pandemic.

Illness as metaphor

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: N.A

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 85

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A discussion of the ways in which illness is regarded pays particular attention to fantasies that pertain to cancer

Under the Sign of Saturn

Essays

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 146685359X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 224

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This third essay collection by America's leading essayist brings together her most important critical writing from 1972 to 1980, in which she explores some of the most influential artists and thinkers of our time.

Illness as Narrative

Author: Ann Jurecic

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 0822977869

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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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 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.

Styles of Radical Will

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466853581

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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Styles of Radical Will, Susan Sontag's second collection of essays, extends the investigations she undertook in Against Interpretation with essays on film, literature, politics, and a groundbreaking study of pornography.

Regarding the Pain of Others

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466853573

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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A brilliant, clear-eyed new consideration of the visual representation of violence in our culture--its ubiquity, meanings, and effects Watching the evening news offers constant evidence of atrocity--a daily commonplace in our "society of spectacle." But are viewers inured -or incited--to violence by the daily depiction of cruelty and horror? Is the viewer's perception of reality eroded by the universal availability of imagery intended to shock? In her first full-scale investigation of the role of imagery in our culture since her now-classic book On Photography defined the terms of the debate twenty-five years ago, Susan Sontag cuts through circular arguments about how pictures can inspire dissent or foster violence as she takes a fresh look at the representation of atrocity--from Goya's The Disasters of War to photographs of the American Civil War, lynchings of blacks in the South, and Dachau and Auschwitz to contemporary horrific images of Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and New York City on September 11, 2001. As John Berger wrote when On Photography was first published, "All future discussions or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies is now bound to begin with her book." Sontag's new book, a startling reappraisal of the intersection of "information", "news," "art," and politics in the contemporary depiction of war and disaster, will be equally essential. It will forever alter our thinking about the uses and meanings of images in our world.

Against Interpretation

And Other Essays

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466853522

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

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First published in 1966, this celebrated book--Sontag's first collection of essays--quickly became a modern classic, and has had an enormous influence in America and abroad on thinking about the arts and contemporary culture. As well as the title essay and the famous "Notes on Camp," Against Interpretation includes original and provocative discussions of Sartre, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thinking. This edition features a new afterword by Sontag.

Death Kit

A Novel

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466853549

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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First published in 1967, Death Kit--Susan Sontag's second novel--is a classic of modern fiction. Blending realism and dream, it offers a passionate exploration of the recesses of the American conscience.

The Dread Disease

cancer and modern American culture

Author: James T. PATTERSON,James T Patterson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674041933

Category: Social Science

Page: 380

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Introducing Metaphor

Author: Murray Knowles,Rosamund Moon

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415278007

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 180

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Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, the book provides a thorough grounding in metaphor and word meaning, theories on the processing and understanding of metaphorical language, and metaphor in other languages and translation. Rosamund Moon and Murray Knowles, draw on a wide selection of material to explore metaphor in relation to text, discourse and society. Linguistic metaphor and literary metaphor are examined across a range of contexts, such as politics, sport and advertising, whilst literary metaphor is demonstrated through authentic extracts from fiction and poetry. A final section covering non-verbal metaphor looks at metaphor in art, cinema and music.

On Being Ill

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: e-artnow sro

ISBN: 8074843556

Category:

Page: N.A

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Opera

The Art of Dying

Author: Linda Hutcheon,Michael Hutcheon

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674038916

Category: Music

Page: 256

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Our modern narratives of science and technology can only go so far in teaching us about the death that we must all finally face. Can an act of the imagination, in the form of opera, take us the rest of the way? Might opera, an art form steeped in death, teach us how to die, as this provocative work suggests? In "Opera: The Art of Dying" a physician and a literary theorist bring together scientific and humanistic perspectives on the lessons on living and dying that this extravagant and seemingly artificial art imparts. Contrasting the experience of mortality in opera to that in tragedy, the Hutcheons find a more apt analogy in the medieval custom of "contemplatio mortis"--a dramatized exercise in imagining one's own death that prepared one for the inevitable end and helped one enjoy the life that remained. From the perspective of a contemporary audience, they explore concepts of mortality embodied in both the common and the more obscure operatic repertoire: the terror of death (in Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites"); the longing for death (in Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde"); preparation for the good death (in Wagner's "Ring of the Nibelung"); and suicide (in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly"). In works by Janacek, Ullmann, Berg, and Britten, among others, the Hutcheons examine how death is made to feel logical and even right morally, psychologically, and artistically--how, in the art of opera, we rehearse death in order to give life meaning.

How to Have Theory in an Epidemic

Cultural Chronicles of AIDS

Author: Paula A. Treichler

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822323181

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 477

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A collection of essays on the AIDS epidemic, by a leading feminist cultural theorist of science

On Metaphor

Author: ed SACKS

Publisher: Critical Inquiry Book

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 196

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On Metaphor, a collection of fourteen essays by eminent philosophers, literary critics, theologians, art historians, and psychologists, illustrates and explores a striking phenomenon in modern intellectual history: the transformation of metaphor from a specialized concern of rhetoricians and literary critics to a central concept in the study of human understanding. These lively and provocative essays probe the nature, function, and meaning of metaphor and collectively demonstrate the multidisciplinary implications of the concept. Because of its comprehensive scope, the volume is useful both as a resource for those interested in contemporary philosophy and theories of language and as a text for courses in such areas as the philosophy of language, critical theory, and the philosophy of knowledge. Originally published as a special issue of Critical Inquiry, the present collection includes two new contributions by Max Black and Nelson Goodman, along with a comprehensive index to the work.

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS

Author: Elizabeth Pisani

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393068900

Category: Science

Page: 400

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A flame-throwing epidemiologist talks about sex, drugs, and the mistakes (dismal), ideologies (vicious), and hopes (realistic) of international AIDS prevention. When people ask Elizabeth Pisani what she does for a living, she says, "sex and drugs." As an epidemiologist researching AIDS, she's been involved with international efforts to halt the disease for fourteen years. With swashbuckling wit and fierce honesty, she dishes on herself and her colleagues as they try to prod reluctant governments to fund HIV prevention for the people who need it most—drug injectors, gay men, sex workers, and johns.Pisani chats with flamboyant Indonesian transsexuals about their boob jobs and watches Chinese streetwalkers turn away clients because their SUVs aren't nice enough. With verve and clarity, she shows the general reader how her profession really works; how easy it is to draw wrong conclusions from "objective" data; and, shockingly, how much money is spent so very badly. "Exhibit A": the 45 billion taxpayer dollars the Bush administration is committing to international AIDS programs.

Narrative Medicine

Honoring the Stories of Illness

Author: Rita Charon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195340221

Category: Medical

Page: 266

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Narrative medicine emerged in response to a commodified health care system that places corporate and bureaucratic concerns over the needs of the patient. This book provides an introduction to the principles of narrative medicine and guidance for implementing narrative methods.

Susan Sontag: Later Essays

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781598535198

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 946

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An unprecedented collection of the controversial later writings of the greatestand most provocative critic of our time. Susan Sontag was the most influential critic of her time. This second volume inLibrary of America's definitive Sontag edition gathers all the collected essays andspeeches from her last quarter-century, brilliant works whose subjects, from theAIDS epidemic, 9/11, the Iraq war, and the perverse allure of Fascism to painting, dance, music, film, and scintillating literary portraits of such writers as WalterBenjamin, Roland Barthes, Antonin Artaud, Machado de Assis, Jorge Luis Borges, Nadine Gordimer, Joseph Brodsky, W. G. Sebald, Marina Tsvetayeva, and RobertWalser, bear enduring witness to passionate curiosity and expansive intellect. Shebrings to every subject an unwavering focus and intensity, and a deep commitmentto "extending our sense of what a human life can be," as she said on accepting theJerusalem Prize in 2000. An account of her 1993 residence in war-torn Sarajevo tostage a production of "Waiting for Godot" becomes a meditation on the meaning ofculture: "Culture, serious culture, is an expression of human dignity-which is whatpeople in Sarajevo feel they have lost." "AIDS and Its Metaphors" marks a furtherdevelopment of the central ideas of her classic "Illness as Metaphor," while"Regarding the Pain of Others" explores eloquently the troubling moral issues surrounding photographic depictions of violence, cruelty, and atrocity."

As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh

Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

Author: Susan Sontag,David Rieff

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374100764

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 523

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A second volume of journals shares intimate reflections on the writer's artistic and political development during a trip to Hanoi at the peak of the Vietnam War and throughout her film-making years in Sweden before the dawn of the Reagan era.

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Stories

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466853557

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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In eight stories, this singular collection of short fiction written over the course of ten years explores the terrain of modern urban life. In reflective, telegraphic prose, Susan Sontag confronts the reader with exposed workings of an impassioned intellect in narratives seamed with many of the themes of her essays—the nature of knowing, our relationship with the past, and the future in an alienated present.