Metaphor in Illness Writing: Fight and Battle Reused

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Reusable: Metaphor in Illness Writing argues that even when a metaphor appears problematic and limiting, it need not be dropped or dismissed. Metaphors are not inherently harmful or beneficial; instead, they can be used in unexpected and creative ways. Reusable analyzes the illness writing of contemporary North American writers who reimagine and reappropriate the supposedly harmful metaphor “illness is a fight” and shows how Susan Sontag, Audre Lorde, Anatole Broyard, and David Foster Wallace turn the fight metaphor into a space of agency, resistance, self-knowledge, and aesthetic pleasure. The book makes a contribution to research in Medical Humanities by analyzing the strategies that enable metaphors’ varied usability. It joins a conversation in Medical Humanities about alternatives to the predominance of narrative—which, as critics have argued, has been overvalued and overused—and responds to the call for more metaphor literacy and metaphor competence by spelling out a method for critical and mindful metaphor engagement.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1. Sep 2022
SeriesContemporary Cultural Studies in Illness, Health and Medicine


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