Metaphor in Illness Writing: Fight and Battle Reused

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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. This book analyses 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, David Foster Wallace and other writers turn the fight metaphor into a space of agency, resistance, self-knowledge and aesthetic pleasure. It joins a conversation in Medical Humanities about alternatives to the predominance of narrative and responds to the call for more metaphor literacy and metaphor competence.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)9781399500869
ISBN (Electronic)9781399500890, 9781399500883
Publication statusPublished - 28. Sept 2022
SeriesContemporary Cultural Studies in Illness, Health and Medicine


  • contemporary life writing
  • illness
  • literature studies
  • medical humanities
  • metaphor
  • narrative


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