Epilepsy Metaphors

Liminal Spaces of Individuation in American Literature 1990–2015

Between 1990 and 2015, American literature saw the emergence of a new corpus of epilepsy metaphors which tackle the stigma of epilepsy within three areas: society, body, and language. Eleana Vaja introduces concepts such as protometaphors, relational metaphors, epileptic texts, and metastability to categorize and examine these foci further. Applying philosophy as well as "hard sciences" (i.e. mathematics, medicine, physics) to disability studies, her study of selected works by Siri Hustvedt, Thom Jones, Reif Larsen, Dennis Mahagin, Audrey Niffenegger, Rodman Philbrick, and Lauren Slater shows how epilepsy metaphors redefine the notion of the "liminal" and the "normal".

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2017-10-10, 256 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4118-9

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Author(s)
Eleana Vaja
Book title
Epilepsy Metaphors Liminal Spaces of Individuation in American Literature 1990–2015
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
256
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-4118-9
DOI
Commodity Group
1564
BIC-Code
DSB JFFG
BISAC-Code
LIT004020 SOC029000 LIT000000
THEMA-Code
DSB JBFM
Release date
2017-10-10
Edition
1
Topics
Medizin, Amerika, Körper, Literatur
Readership
Disability Studies, Literary Studies, Sociology, Philosophy, Cognitive Linguistics, Medical Humanities
Keywords/Tags
American Literature, Conceptual Metaphors, Metastability, Normativity, Siri Hustvedt, Literature, Body, Medicine, American Studies, Disability Studies, Literary Studies

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