Illness as Metaphor Summary
Susan Sontag

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Illness as Metaphor Overview

In her extended essay ‘Illness as Metaphor,’ Susan Sontag argues against the use of metaphor and stereotyping in describing illnesses, since historically this use of language has placed blame on those who suffer from diseases, particularly tuberculosis and cancer.

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Susan Sontag Biographies (3)

755 words, approx. 3 pages
Among the literary stars of the radical 1960s, Susan Sontag (born 1933) produced numerous works evaluating and commenting on contemporary life and literature. Her essays appeared in nearly every major... Read more
2,480 words, approx. 9 pages
Susan Sontag, cultural critic, essayist, novelist, and filmmaker, was born 16 January 1933 in New York City. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California, and at the age of fifteen (194... Read more
4,866 words, approx. 17 pages
Although Susan Sontag is best known as a critic, she has more than once expressed regret for having devoted so much time to having written the essays that brought her renown. As she once explained to ... Read more