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'The sad language of pain': S. Weir Mitchell, the American Civil War, and interpreting physical suffering

Bending, L. (2018) 'The sad language of pain': S. Weir Mitchell, the American Civil War, and interpreting physical suffering. In: Gonzalez-Polledo, E. J. and Tarr, J. (eds.) Painscapes: framing pain communication. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 25-40. ISBN 9781349952717

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Abstract/Summary

This article looks at the Civil War writing of Silas Weir Mitchell, and considers his attitudes toward physical pain and the possibilities of expressing it in language. I invoke his essay on malingering to explore the possibilities of deceit inherent in the description of pain.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:No
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:72775
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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