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Illness as Metaphor & AIDS and Its Metaphors

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In 1978 Susan Sontag wrote Illness as Metaphor, a classic work described by Newsweek as "one of the most liberating books of its time." A cancer patient herself when she was writing the book, Sontag shows how the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the suffering of 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, she argues, is not a curse, not a punishment, certainly not an embarrassment and, it is highly curable, if good treatment is followed.

Almost a decade later, with the outbreak of a new, stigmatized disease replete with mystifications and punitive metaphors, Sontag wrote a sequel to Illness as Metaphor, extending the argument of the earlier book to the AIDS pandemic.

These two essays now published together, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors, have been translated into many languages and continue to have an enormous influence on the thinking of medical professionals and, above all, on the lives of many thousands of patients and caregivers.

Synopsis:

In 1978, while recovering from cancer, Susan Sontag wrote Illness as Metaphor. It has become a classic that Newsweek called "one of the most liberating books of its time". A decade later, Sontag wrote a sequel that countered the almost universal labeling of AIDS as a "plague". Demystifying the fears surrounding these two diseases, Sontag's ground-breaking essays have had an enormous impact on the lives of countless patients and their caregivers.

About the Author

Susan Sontag is the author of four other novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, and The Volcano Lover; and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; I, etcetera a collection of stories; several plays, and five works of nonfiction, among them On Photography and Against Interpretation. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312420130
Author:
Sontag, Susan
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
AIDS & HIV
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
AIDS (Disease)
Subject:
Diseases - AIDS & HIV
Subject:
Neoplasms
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Tuberculosis
Subject:
Metaphor
Subject:
Tuberculosis in literature
Subject:
Cancer in literature
Subject:
Medicine in literature
Subject:
Aids
Subject:
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
Subject:
MED022040
Subject:
AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Picador USA ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-191
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.49 x 0.515 in

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"Synopsis" by , In 1978, while recovering from cancer, Susan Sontag wrote Illness as Metaphor. It has become a classic that Newsweek called "one of the most liberating books of its time". A decade later, Sontag wrote a sequel that countered the almost universal labeling of AIDS as a "plague". Demystifying the fears surrounding these two diseases, Sontag's ground-breaking essays have had an enormous impact on the lives of countless patients and their caregivers.
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