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Beyond words; illness and the limits of expression.


Beyond words; illness and the limits of expression.

Conway, Kathlyn.

U. of New Mexico Press


168 pages


Literature and medicine series


As a New York psychotherapist, cancer survivor, and author of a memoir of her experience, Conway understands the motivation to write triumph-over-illness narratives that reflect societal expectations. But in examining classic and other examples of the illness memoir genre (e.g., Sontag, Woolf, Skloot) and how the narrative form shapes how suffering is expressed, she is critical of narratives that gloss over the catastrophic impact of illness/disability on self-image. The text was originally published as Illness and the Limits of Expression in 2007 by U. of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.

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Date:Aug 1, 2013
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