YA authors now find themselves walking the fine line between fiction and reality. They have a duty to portray illness accurately, as they must avoid harmfully romanticising dying…they must also be careful not to cross into territory which is too upsetting.
Posts Tagged: illness
In our daily efforts to stay healthy, to invent solutions for staving off death, have we already put ourselves in treatment for diseases yet to come? Conner Habib writes about his cancer diagnosis over at The Stranger, challenging Susan Sontag’s argument against seeing illness as a metaphor by revealing the ways in which we can’t help but give it meaning:
We reach out to the hand that promises to pull us to shore.
Anne Boyer writes about the history of breast cancer for The New Inquiry.
There is no disease more calamitous to women’s intellectual history than breast cancer: this is because there is no disease more distinctly calamitous to women. There is also no disease more voluminous in its agonies, agonies not only about the disease itself, but also about what is not written about it, or whether to write about it, or how.
It’s Monday. You’re working hard. Take a moment to stop and smell the weekend Rumpus roundup.
First, Yumi Sakugawa takes us to the heart of the forest in a comic about a dead spider king.
Then, Liz Prato starts coughing and can’t stop in her Sunday Rumpus essay “In Sickness and In Health“:
What can we and can’t we handle, and who decides?