About the Author
Arthur W. Frank is professor of sociology at the University of
Calgary and the author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on
Illness; Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology; and The
Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live, the
latter two also published by the University of Chicago Press.
"This is a bold and imaginative book which moves our thinking
about narratives of illness in new directions."
-- "Sociology of Heath and Illness"
Arthur Frank's writings on illness and the body transcend the
barriers of academic and professional disciplines, making them
uniquely relevant to a wide variety of audiences: clinicians,
ethicists, sociologists, scholars in the humanities and human
sciences, those engaged in medical education, caregivers, and
(always) the never-to-be-forgotten community of the ill.
-- "Hastings Center Report"
"A classic book. Illness touches us all--patients, providers,
family, friends--and Arthur W. Frank shows how illness extends
beyond bodies to shape the stories (personal and cultural) that we
almost inevitably construct to explain and to contain it. The
stories in turn often reshape the experience of illness. The
is thus an indispensable guide to the oddly
familiar but alien territory we inhabit when we enter what Susan
Sontag called 'the kingdom of the ill.' Now, with an extended new
preface and afterword, a classic-plus."--David B. Morris "author of
The Culture of Pain"
"Arthur W. Frank has changed the way we think about storytelling
and health care. His work champions a point of view long neglected
and too often thought to be medically irrelevant. His penetrating
essays on the human need to make sense and meaning from illness
have become 'required reading' for many of us. This new edition of
The Wounded Storyteller
is most welcome."--Larry R.
Churchill "author of Healers: Extraordinary Clinicians at Work"
"Arthur W. Frank's second edition of The Wounded Storyteller
provides instructions for use of this now-classic text in the study
of illness narratives. At the remove of twenty years, the author
sees that he was trying for not only an analytic study of illness
narratives but also 'self-healing . . . to assure myself I wasn't
crazy.' By recognizing that his own illness incorporated all three
of his canonical narrative types and then by adding to his
typology, Frank reveals the evolution of his frames of thought
about illness. Perhaps health is
a mirage and illness
a natural state of being. Perhaps getting old and sick is
the blue book price for living mortal lives. Frank has helped us
all not just to accept but to revere these givens of our human
predicament."--Rita Charon "author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring
the Stories of Illness"