Suffering and the Remedy of Art

Suffering and the Remedy of Art

eBook - 1997
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This book suggests that a listening to suffering may profit from a literary hearing, and vice versa. It is not only that literature tells of suffering but that suffering may tell us something about the nature of literature.
The author examines works and texts that range from medicine to literature, philosophy to photography, prose to poetry, and from Antigone to W.H. Auden. The book presents individual instances, real and literary, of physical and mental wounds and diseases, of pain and death, endured by a little girl in a burn ward, a boy wounded in the war in Bosnia, a nameless Vietnamese woman, Job, Antigone; as well as a number of mostly lyrical elegists: a survivor of the Holocaust, a wife bereft of her husband, a daughter bereft of her father. The autonomy of each chapter suggests that experiences of suffering are always incomparable. One must in every instance begin again and enter the scene of suffering on its own terms: the radically individual nature of suffering is prior or past to any theory or set of generalizations.
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1997
ISBN: 9780585068039
0585068038
0791432637
0791432645
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 215 pages) : illustrations

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