Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

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Macmillan, Aug 25, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 183 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Angeline Larimer - Goodreads

One of those literary works that encourages a list out of me of dozens and dozens more literary references to hunt down. (I realize this is tiresome for some, but it has always appealed to me.) I had ... Read full review

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I wasn't sure what to expect going into these essays, and was pleasantly surprised by how academic they are, which isn't to say that they aren't accessible, just that they reminded me of some of the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
9
Section 3
20
Section 4
26
Section 5
37
Section 6
43
Section 7
50
Section 8
72
Section 9
93
Section 10
104
Section 11
112
Section 12
132
Section 13
148
Section 14
159
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About the author (2001)

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. She lives in New York City. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

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