Epilepsy Metaphors

Liminal Spaces of Individuation in American Literature, 1990-2015

Eleana Vaja

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Epilepsy Metaphors

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Pub Date: January 2018

ISBN: 9783837641189

256 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Epilepsy Metaphors

Liminal Spaces of Individuation in American Literature, 1990-2015

Eleana Vaja

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From 1990 through 2015, American literature saw the emergence of a new corpus of epilepsy metaphors that 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."

About the Author

Eleana Vaja has taught American literary and cultural studies at the University of Cologne. Her research interests include U.S. American literature, philosophy, and disability studies.