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The wounded storyteller : body, illness, and ethics, Arthur W. Frank

Label
The wounded storyteller : body, illness, and ethics
Title
The wounded storyteller
Title remainder
body, illness, and ethics
Statement of responsibility
Arthur W. Frank
Title variation
Wounded story teller
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Ill people are more than victims of disease or patients of medicine; they are wounded storytellers, Frank argues. People tell stories to make sense of their suffering; when they turn their diseases into stories, they find healing. Drawing on the work of authors such as Oliver Sacks, Anatole Broyard, Norman Cousins, and Audre Lorde, as well as on the stories of people he has met during years spent among different illness groups, Frank recounts a stirring collection of illness narratives, ranging from the well-known - Gilda Radner's battle with ovarian cancer - to the private testimonials of people with cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and disabilities. Their stories are more than accounts of personal suffering: they abound with moral choices and point to a social ethic
  • Frank identifies three basic narratives of illness - stories of restitution, chaos, and quest. Restitution narratives anticipate getting well and give prominence to the technology of cure. In chaos narratives, illness seems to stretch on forever, with no respite or redeeming insights. Quest narratives are about finding that illness can be transformed into a means for the ill person to become someone new. Understanding these three narrative types helps us to hear the ill, but ultimately illness stories are more. Frank presents these stories as a form of testimony: the ill person is more than a survivor; she is a witness. Schooled in a "pedagogy of suffering," the ill person reaches out to others, offering a truth about living. The truth is a starting point for a "narrative ethics," as private experiences become public voices. Wounded storytellers teach more than a new way to understand illness; they exemplify an emerging ethic of postmodern times
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Frank, Arthur W
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
R726.5
LC item number
.F726 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1996 A-485
  • WM 178
NLM item number
F828w 1995
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sick
  • Discourse analysis, Narrative
  • Sick Role
  • Attitude to Health
  • Disease
  • Discourse analysis, Narrative
  • Sick
  • Ziekte
  • Chronisch zieken
  • Beleving
  • Verteltheorie
  • Ethische aspecten
  • Psychologische aspecten
  • Krankheit (Motiv)
  • Autobiographische Literatur
Label
The wounded storyteller : body, illness, and ethics, Arthur W. Frank
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-208) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. When Bodies Need Voices -- 2. The Body's Problem with Illness -- 3. Illness as a Call for Stories -- 4. The Restitution Narrative -- 5. The Chaos Narrative -- 6. The Quest Narrative -- 7. Testimony -- 8. The Wound as Half Opening
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xviii, 213 pages
Isbn
9780226259925
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95012989
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)32236403
  • (OCoLC)ocm32236403
Label
The wounded storyteller : body, illness, and ethics, Arthur W. Frank
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-208) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. When Bodies Need Voices -- 2. The Body's Problem with Illness -- 3. Illness as a Call for Stories -- 4. The Restitution Narrative -- 5. The Chaos Narrative -- 6. The Quest Narrative -- 7. Testimony -- 8. The Wound as Half Opening
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xviii, 213 pages
Isbn
9780226259925
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95012989
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)32236403
  • (OCoLC)ocm32236403

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