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November 20, 2020 at 10:59 am #22692Jennifer LucasGuest
Depression and Narrative
Telling the Dark
by Hilary Anne Clark
- Language: english
- Author: Hilary Anne Clark
- Format: hardcover, 262 pages
- Publisher: State University of New York Press
- Release date: October 16, 2008
- ISBN: 9780791475690 (0791475697)
About The Book
Depression and Narrative examines stories of depression in the context of recent scholarship on illness and narrative, which up to this point has largely focused on physical illness and disability. Contributors from a number of disciplinary perspectives address these narrative accounts of depression, by both sufferers and those who treat them, as they appear in memoirs, diaries, novels, poems, oral interviews, fact sheets, blogs, films, and television shows. Together, they explore the stories we tell about depression: its contested causes; its gendering; the transformations in identity that it entails; and the problems it presents for communication, associated as it is with stigma and shame.
Unlike certain physical illnesses, such as cancer, depression is stigmatized — sometimes as a nonproblem (the sufferer should “snap out of it”) and sometimes as the slippery slope to madness. Thus, depression narratives have their work cut out for them. This book highlights the work these stories do, including bringing meaning to sufferers, explaining depression, justifying therapies and treatments, and reducing the burden of shame — accounting for a suffering that is, in the end, unaccountable.
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