Memoirs of Well-Being

Rewriting Discourses of Illness and Disability

Tanja Reiffenrath

Transcript-Verlag

Memoirs of Well-Being

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Pub Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9783837635461

320 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

Memoirs of Well-Being

Rewriting Discourses of Illness and Disability

Tanja Reiffenrath

Transcript-Verlag

As the body politics of life writing in the United States change, illness and disability memoirs receive considerable attention. Although these narratives are framed by a lack of health, they abundantly present health and do so beyond its binary relationship to the pathological. This book departs from previous scholarship by bringing into focus the writers' representations of cure, recovery, and healing as well as their reluctance to bring closure to their narratives and align their stories with traditional notions of health. These memoirs thus partake in the construction of alternative narratives of illness and disability.

About the Author

Tanja Reiffenrath works in student and academic services at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Her research interests include socially inclusive pedagogies and the internationalization of the curriculum.