This text is an examination of the fantasies concocted around conditions such as cancer and tuberculosis in our cultural history. The author argues that illness is not a metaphor and that the most truthful way of regarding illness - and the healthiest way of being ill - is to resist such thinking. Her examples of metaphors and images of illness ...
This text is an examination of the fantasies concocted around conditions such as cancer and tuberculosis in our cultural history. The author argues that illness is not a metaphor and that the most truthful way of regarding illness - and the healthiest way of being ill - is to resist such thinking. Her examples of metaphors and images of illness are taken from medical and psychiatric thinking as well as from sources ranging from Greek and medieval writings to Dickens, Thomas Mann, Henry James, Frank Lloyd Wright, Auden and others. "AIDS and its Metaphors", the sequel to "Illness as Metaphor", is written in the light of the AIDS crisis. Sontag states that our metaphors for AIDS and its effects may be damaging because they suggest an apocalypse in personal and social terms, and therefore threaten not only the victims of the disease but all of society.
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Publishers Weekly, 1989-12-01 ``In Illness as Metaphor , Sontag argues that the myths and metaphors surrounding disease can kill by instilling shame and guilt in the sick, thus delaying them from seeking treatment,'' wrote PW. She sees, and discusses provocatively, a similar process at work in the case of AIDS. (Jan.)
Publishers Weekly, 1988-11-11 In Illness as Metaphor , which focused on cancer, Sontag argued that the myths and metaphors surrounding disease can kill by instilling shame and guilt in the sick, thus delaying them from seeking treatment. She sees a similar process at work in the case of AIDS, the modern epidemic that has called forth metaphors of plague, implacable viral invaders, a scourge from the Third World. Such metaphors foster the stigmatizing of AIDS patients while spreading misinformation and panic, she argues, further claiming that clinical reports on the course of AIDS from ``fledgling'' to ``full-blown'' tacitly support the far-from-proven theory that everyone who tests positive for the AIDS antibody will die of the diease. The theory that AIDS originated in Africa, also unproven, feeds into the West's political paranoia and activates racial and sexual stereotypes. Regrettably, Sontag all but ignores intravenous drug users stricken with AIDS, and her curt dismissal of alternative therapies is shortsighted. Though some of her key points are already standard features of public discourse, this brief, brilliant essay discounts many of the fears and illusions surrounding the pandemic. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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