Hurt and Pain: Literature and the Suffering Body

Hurt and Pain: Literature and the Suffering Body

By: Susannah B. Mintz (author)Paperback

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Hurt 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 canonical 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 knowledge. 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.

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Susannah 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.


1. Introduction 2. Our Stories, Our Pain: Autobiographical Utterances 3. The Drama of Pain: Plays and Performance Art 4. The Poetry of Pain: Hurting Made Lyrical 5. The Shape of Pain: On Narration and Plot 6. Bystander Pain: On Witnessing and Touch 7. Conclusion Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/06/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781474245425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781474245425
  • weight: 337
  • ISBN10: 1474245420

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