Beyond Words: Illness and the Limits of Expression by Kathlyn Conway

By Kathlyn Conway

“Kathlyn Conway opens primordial questions about the shattering occasions of sickness via shut readings of chosen ailment narratives, offering that in basic terms writing of a bold variety can utter the information of the self-telling physique. Wielding her ferocious mind and braving publicity to self and different, Conway makes unique discoveries approximately writing and disease and, extra stunningly, approximately writing and existence. now not a e-book approximately ailment, it is a booklet approximately writing and being. it's taut, courageous, unmatched in our scholarship, and real. Conway joins our strongest investigators of the human challenge of mortality, supporting us to work out, supporting us to live.”—Rita Charon, Columbia collage, application in Narrative Medicine

Published money owed of affliction and incapacity frequently emphasize desire and optimistic pondering: the lady who nonetheless seemed appealing after wasting her hair, the guy who ran 5 miles an afternoon in the course of chemotherapy. This acclaimed exam of the style of the ailment narrative questions that upbeat procedure. writer Kathlyn Conway, a three-time melanoma survivor and herself the writer of an ailment memoir, believes that the triumphalist method of writing approximately disorder fails to do justice to the shattering event of ailment. by means of wrestling with the problem of writing in regards to the fact of significant disease and harm, she argues, writers can provide a more true photograph of the complicated courting among physique and mind.


Kathlyn Conway is a psychotherapist in big apple. She can also be the writer of normal existence: A Memoir of Illness.

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