Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors
In l978 Sontag wrote Illness As Metaphor. A cancer patient herself at the time, she shows how the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the suffering of the patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment. By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer, Sontag shows cancer for what it is - just a disease. Cancer is not a curse, not a punishment, certainly not an embarrassment, and highly curable, if good treatment is found early enough. Almost a decade later, with the outbreak of a new, stigmatised disease replete with mystifications and punitive metaphors, Sontag wrote Aids and its Metaphors, extending the argument of the earlier book to the AIDS pandemic.
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AIDS AND ITS METAPHORSUser Review - Kirkus
A necessary, freeing essay about the way we think about AIDS, and a sequel to Sontag's ten-year-old Illness as Metaphor. Behind the earlier book lay the fact that Sontag herself had won through a two ... Read full review
ILLNESS AS METAPHORUser Review - Kirkus
Susan Sontag has written a small, liberating book that could become the cancer patient's Common Sense. First TB, then cancer, she perceives, have stood for enormities. Because their causes appeared to ... Read full review