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- DescriptionHurt and Pain: Literature and the Suffering Body examines the strategies authors have used to portray bodies in pain, drawing on a diverse range of literary texts from the seventeenth century to the present day. Susannah B. Mintz provides readings of canical writers including John Donne, Emily Dickinson, and Samuel Beckett, alongside contemporary writers such as Ana Castillo and Margaret Edson, focusing on how pain is shaped according to the conventions-and also experiments-of genre: poetry, memoir, drama, and fiction. With insights from disability theory and recent studies of the language of pain, Mintz delivers an important corrective to our most basic fears of physical suffering, revealing through literature that pain can be a source of connection, compassion, artistry, and kwledge. Not only an important investigation of authors' formal and rhetorical choices, Hurt and Pain reveals how capturing pain in literature can become a fundamental component of crafting human experience.
- Author BiographySusannah B. Mintz is Professor of English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is the author of Unruly Bodies: Life Writing by Women with Illness and Disability and co-editor of a critical volume on the essayist Nancy Mairs.
- Author(s)Susannah B. Mintz
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication18/06/2015
- SubjectLiterary Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloomsbury Academic
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight337 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine11 mm
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