Communicating Pain: Exploring Suffering through Language, Literature and Creative Writing

Communicating Pain: Exploring Suffering through Language, Literature and Creative Writing

by Stephanie Potocka de Montalk

NOOK Book(eBook)

$43.99 $49.95 Save 12% Current price is $43.99, Original price is $49.95. You Save 12%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Overview

Combining critical research with memoir, essay, poetry and creative biography, this insightful volume sensitively explores the lived experience of chronic pain.

Confronting the language of pain and the paradox of writing about personal pain, Communicating Pain is a personal response to the avoidance, dismissal and isolation experienced by the author after developing intractable pelvic pain in 2003. The volume focuses on pain's infamous resistance to verbal expression, the sense of exile experienced by sufferers and the under-recognised distinction between acute and chronic pain. In doing so, it creates a platform upon which scholarly, imaginative and emotional quotients round out pain as the sum of physical actualities, mental challenges and psychosocial interactions. Additionally, this work creates a dialogue between medicine and literature. Considering the works of writers such as Harriet Martineau, Alphonse Daudet and Aleksander Wat, it enables a multi-genre narrative heightened by poetry, fictional storytelling and life-writing.

Coupled with academic rigour, this insightful monograph constitutes a persuasive and unique exploration of pain and the communication of suffering. It will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Medical Humanities, Autobiography Studies and Sociology of Health and Illness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429878671
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/26/2018
Series: Routledge Advances in the Medical Humanities
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stephanie de Montalk worked as a nurse and documentary film maker before becoming a writer in 1996. She is the author of four collections of poems, a literary novel, a memoir-biography and the award-winning memoir-study of pain: How Does It Hurt?; adapted from her PhD thesis in Creative Writing. Since an accident in 2003, she has been constrained by pain.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. The shirt of Nessos: an essay on the experience of writing about pain

2. Going nursing: an autobiographical prelude

3. At the end of the mind, the body: a memoir, 2003-2004

4. But at the end of the body, the mind: a memoir, 2004-2009

5.The vendor of happiness: an interview with French novelist Alphonse Daudet (1802-1876)

6.The consolator: an introduction to English social theorist Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)

7. Observatory: a narrative poem set in Harriet Martineau's sick-room

8. An imago: a contemplation of Polish poet and intellectual, Aleksander Wat (1900 – 1967)

9. How does it hurt? An epilogue

10. White train: a narrative poem

Appendix of images

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews