The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World

A challenging and thought provoking read—this book is an analysis of physical suffering and its relation to a variety of influences–literature, politics, philosophy, medicine, religion—from our global society. Scarry reflects and shares her perspective garnered from many sources: literature and art, medical case histories, documents on torture, legal transcripts of personal injury trials, and military and strategic writings of historic figures. She reminds us about pain’s inexpressibility and how difficult it is to describe in words—as it can actively destroys language, reducing those in the most extreme instances to only cries and moans—as with cases of torture and warfare as illustration.



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Author(s) Scarry, E.
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