Embodied Narration

Illness, Death, and Dying in Modern Culture

Edited by Heike Hartung

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Embodied Narration

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Pub Date: November 2018

ISBN: 9783837643060

280 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Embodied Narration

Illness, Death, and Dying in Modern Culture

Edited by Heike Hartung

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Do liminal embodied experiences such as illness, death, and dying affect literary form? In recent years, the concept of embodiment has been theorized from various perspectives. The gender studies have been concerned with the cultural implications of embodiment, arguing to move away from viewing the body as a prediscursive phenomenon to regarding it as an acculturated body. Age studies have extended this view to the embodied experience of ageing, while drawing attention to the ways in which the ageing body, through its materiality and plasticity, restricts the possibilities of (de-)constructing subjectivity. These current debates on embodiment find a strong counterpart in literary representation. The contributions to this anthology investigate how and to what extent physical borderline experiences affect literary form.

About the Author

Heike Hartung is an independent scholar in English studies, associated with the University of Potsdam, Germany, and the University of Graz, Austria. She earned her PhD in English Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and her postdoctoral degree in literary and cultural studies at the University of Potsdam. In her publications she applies the methods of literary theory to the interdisciplinary fields of aging, disability, and gender studies.