Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors: AND AIDS and Its Metaphors

Author: Sontag, Susan

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  • ISBN: 9780141187129
  • Author: Sontag, Susan
  • Publ Date: 2002-12-05
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  • Pages: 192
  • Imprint: PENGUIN**
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 1511


"Illness as Metaphor" is an examination of the fantasies concocted around conditions such as cancer and tuberculosis in our cultural history. Susan Sontag 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, is obviously written in the light of the Aids crisis. Sontag states that our metaphors for Aids and its effects may be damaging; 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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