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A Matter of Appearance: A Memoir (edição 2023)

por Emily Wells (Autor)

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A dazzling memoir of chronic illness that explores the fraught intersection between pain, language, and gender, by a debut author. Emily Wells spent her childhood dancing through intense pain she assumed was normal for a ballerina pushing her body to its limits. For years, no doctor could tell Wells what was wrong with her, or they told her it was all in her head. In A Matter of Appearance, Wells traces her journey as she tries to understand and define the chronic pain she has lived with all her life. She draws on the critical works of Freud, Sontag, and others to explore the intersection between gender, pain, and language, and she traces a direct line from the "hysteria patients" at the Salpêtrière Hospital in nineteenth-century Paris to the contemporary New Age healers in Los Angeles, her stomping ground. At the crux of Wells' literary project is the dilemma of how to diagnose an experience that is both private and public, subjective and quantifiable, and how to express all this in words. "Gorgeously written and brilliantly argued, A Matter of Appearance uses chronic illness as a lever to investigate the life of a body. It's complex, inconclusive, and incredibly clear-eyed. Moving fluidly between histories of psychoanalysis, desire, ambition, pathology, Wells reminds us of the liminal state we all live in between sickness and health." --Chris Kraus, author of Aliens & Anorexia and Summer of Hate… (mais)
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Título:A Matter of Appearance: A Memoir
Autores:Emily Wells (Autor)
Informação:Seven Stories Press (2023), 182 pages
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A Matter of Appearance by Emily Wells is a memoir that highlights both her personal journey with chronic pain through the healthcare system and the long-held, and mostly mistaken, perceptions of chronic pain through the ages. Each of these serve to make the other more real and immediate.

The medical profession has long been biased, often simply because of what people and conditions they have chosen to investigate, against certain health issues. More often than not this has entailed discounting, to put it mildly, female accounts of what they themselves are experiencing. Even acknowledging that a doctor can't treat what they can't diagnose, we are still left with what is often an unwillingness to explore symptoms and instead to claim a strictly psychological basis. These biases are illustrated throughout this book, even by those who truly want to help.

The referencing of history, psychology, and literature never feels heavy-handed and actually helps to put in words many of the experiences Wells went, and is still going, through. They show that her struggle to understand what was/is happening within her own body is not an isolated struggle. Hope does make a showing here, and one has to wonder how long, once we finally start taking a patient's complaints seriously, it will be before we get more explanations for what people suffer through.

I would recommend this to readers who enjoy memoirs in general. I think those who like to look at a single life in relation to those who have traveled similar paths in the past will find even more to appreciate here.

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  pomo58 | Apr 5, 2023 |
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A dazzling memoir of chronic illness that explores the fraught intersection between pain, language, and gender, by a debut author. Emily Wells spent her childhood dancing through intense pain she assumed was normal for a ballerina pushing her body to its limits. For years, no doctor could tell Wells what was wrong with her, or they told her it was all in her head. In A Matter of Appearance, Wells traces her journey as she tries to understand and define the chronic pain she has lived with all her life. She draws on the critical works of Freud, Sontag, and others to explore the intersection between gender, pain, and language, and she traces a direct line from the "hysteria patients" at the Salpêtrière Hospital in nineteenth-century Paris to the contemporary New Age healers in Los Angeles, her stomping ground. At the crux of Wells' literary project is the dilemma of how to diagnose an experience that is both private and public, subjective and quantifiable, and how to express all this in words. "Gorgeously written and brilliantly argued, A Matter of Appearance uses chronic illness as a lever to investigate the life of a body. It's complex, inconclusive, and incredibly clear-eyed. Moving fluidly between histories of psychoanalysis, desire, ambition, pathology, Wells reminds us of the liminal state we all live in between sickness and health." --Chris Kraus, author of Aliens & Anorexia and Summer of Hate

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