By Jennifer C. Vaught

Susan Sontag in "Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors" issues to the important connection among metaphors and physically health problems, and notwithstanding her analyses bargains often with sleek literary works. This selection of essays examines the immense volume to which rhetorical figures regarding ailment and well-being - metaphor, simile, pun, analogy, image, personification, allegory, oxymoron, and metonymy - tell medieval and early smooth literature, faith, technology, and drugs in England and its surrounding eu context. in response to the serious pattern during the last decade to foreground the problem of the physique and the feelings, those essays tune the advance of sustained, nuanced rhetorics of physically sickness and health-physical, emotional, and religious. The individuals to this assortment technique their fascinating matters from quite a lot of well timed, theoretical, and interdisciplinary views, together with the philosophy of language, semiotics, and linguistics; ecology; women's and gender reviews; faith; and, the background of drugs. The essays specialize in works through Dante, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton between others; the genres of epic, lyric, satire, drama, and the sermon; and cultural background artifacts similar to medieval anatomies, the mathematics of plague money owed of mortality, meteorology, and clinical publications for fit regimens.

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