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Healing and Transformation in Chronic Illness Memoirs

The employment of metaphors in drawing meaning from our experiences is an
indispensable ingredient in most patient narratives. More specifically, they are essential
to the conceptual system we reference to understand and respond to the disruptions
brought upon by chronic illness. Through an analysis of patient narratives penned by a
group of contemporary American authors, this study identifies trends in how patients can
use metaphor to “bridge” the gap between their lives pre and post diagnosis, a process
that in many cases presents vulnerability as a viable remedy for alleviating the alienation
and diminished self-image so often impacting the lives of patients with lifelong disorders. / Includes bibliography. / Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2018. / FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
ContributorsRodanes, Michelle (author), Brown, Susan Love (Thesis advisor), Florida Atlantic University (Degree grantor), Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Department of Anthropology
PublisherFlorida Atlantic University
Source SetsFlorida Atlantic University
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation, Text
Format88 p., application/pdf
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