Kathlyn Conway's Beyond Words: Illness and the Limits of Expression PDF

By Kathlyn Conway

“Kathlyn Conway opens primordial questions on the shattering occasions of sickness via shut readings of chosen ailment narratives, providing that merely writing of a bold sort can utter the data of the self-telling physique. Wielding her ferocious mind and braving publicity to self and different, Conway makes unique discoveries approximately writing and disease and, extra stunningly, approximately writing and existence. no longer a publication approximately affliction, this can be a booklet approximately writing and being. it truly is taut, courageous, unmatched in our scholarship, and precise. Conway joins our strongest investigators of the human difficulty of mortality, aiding us to determine, supporting us to live.”—Rita Charon, Columbia collage, application in Narrative Medicine

Published money owed of ailment and incapacity usually emphasize wish and optimistic pondering: the girl who nonetheless regarded attractive after wasting her hair, the guy who ran 5 miles an afternoon in the course of chemotherapy. This acclaimed exam of the style of the disorder narrative questions that upbeat procedure. writer Kathlyn Conway, a three-time melanoma survivor and herself the writer of an affliction memoir, believes that the triumphalist method of writing approximately ailment fails to do justice to the shattering event of sickness. by means of wrestling with the problem of writing concerning the truth of great disease and damage, she argues, writers can provide a more true photograph of the advanced dating among physique and mind.


Kathlyn Conway is a psychotherapist in ny. She can be the writer of standard existence: A Memoir of Illness.

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