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The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics

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In At the Will of the Body, Arthur Frank told the story of his own illnesses, heart attack and cancer. That book ended by describing the existence of a "remission society," whose members all live with some form of illness or disability. The Wounded Storyteller is their collective portrait.

Ill people are more than victims of disease or patients of medicine; they are wounded storytellers. People tell stories to make sense of their suffering; when they turn their diseases into stories, they find healing.

Drawing on the work of authors such as Oliver Sacks, Anatole Broyard, Norman Cousins, and Audre Lorde, as well as from people he met during the years he spent among different illness groups, Frank recounts a stirring collection of illness stories, ranging from the well-known—Gilda Radner's battle with ovarian cancer—to the private testimonials of people with cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and disabilties. Their stories are more than accounts of personal suffering: they abound with moral choices and point to a social ethic.

Frank identifies three basic narratives of illness in restitution, chaos, and quest. Restitution narratives anticipate getting well again and give prominence to the technology of cure. In chaos narratives, illness seems to stretch on forever, with no respite or redeeming insights. Quest narratives are about finding that insight as illness is transformed into a means for the ill person to become someone new.

Synopsis:

This work argues that people tell stories in order to make sense of their suffering; ill people are wounded storytellers. Frank recounts a collection of illness stories ranging from the well-known to the private testimonials of people with cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome and disabilities.

Synopsis:

PrefaceAcknowledgments1: When Bodies Need Voices2: The Body's Problem with Illness3: Illness as a Call for Stories4: The Restitution Narrative5: The Chaos Narrative6: The Quest Narrative7: Testimony8: The Wound as Half OpeningNotesIndex

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-208) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1: When Bodies Need Voices

2: The Body's Problem with Illness

3: Illness as a Call for Stories

4: The Restitution Narrative

5: The Chaos Narrative

6: The Quest Narrative

7: Testimony

8: The Wound as Half Opening

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226259932
Author:
Frank, Arthur W.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Frank, Arthur W.
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
Medical sciences
Subject:
Diseases - General
Subject:
Sick
Subject:
Discourse analysis, narrative
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Illnesses
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
SP 06-95
Publication Date:
19970531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
231
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , This work argues that people tell stories in order to make sense of their suffering; ill people are wounded storytellers. Frank recounts a collection of illness stories ranging from the well-known to the private testimonials of people with cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome and disabilities.
"Synopsis" by , PrefaceAcknowledgments1: When Bodies Need Voices2: The Body's Problem with Illness3: Illness as a Call for Stories4: The Restitution Narrative5: The Chaos Narrative6: The Quest Narrative7: Testimony8: The Wound as Half OpeningNotesIndex
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