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"To seize the copyright in myself" : "giving up the ghost" by Hilary Mantel as an exercise in autopathography


"To seize the copyright in myself" : "giving up the ghost" by Hilary Mantel as an exercise in autopathography

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dc.contributor.author Kusek, Robert [SAP13017370] pl
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-30T16:11:33Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-30T16:11:33Z
dc.date.issued 2014 pl
dc.identifier.issn 1897-3035 pl
dc.identifier.uri http://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/6349
dc.language eng pl
dc.rights Dozwolony użytek utworów chronionych *
dc.rights.uri http://ruj.uj.edu.pl/4dspace/License/copyright/licencja_copyright.pdf *
dc.title "To seize the copyright in myself" : "giving up the ghost" by Hilary Mantel as an exercise in autopathography pl
dc.type JournalArticle pl
dc.description.physical 177-190 pl
dc.abstract.en Though Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, two Man Booker Prize-winning historical novels by Hilary Mantel, ostensibly deal with the life of Thomas Cromwell, a chief minister to King Henry VIII, their major motif, I should argue, is that of disability, of illness, of bodily failure. As Mantel herself stated in an essay titled "Royal Bodies," "historians are still trying to peer inside the Tudors, (…) are they healthy, are they sick, can they breed?" She further added: "The story of Henry and his wives is peculiar to its time and place, but also timeless and universally understood; it is highly political and also highly personal. It is about body parts, about what slots in where, and when: are they body parts fit for purpose, or are they diseased?" (Mantel 2013) Bodily dysfunction appears to me to be one of primary thematic preoccupations of Mantel’s writing. Handicapped Muriel from Every Day is Mother’s Day, disfigured "Irish giant" O’Brien from The Giant, O’Brien, ailing Henry VIII from her Tudor triptych– these are just a few of a panoply of disabled/ill/afflicted characters that populate the pages of Mantel’s work. The aim of the present paper is to examine Mantel’s 2003 memoir entitled Giving Up the Ghost which tells the story of the writer’s struggle with endometriosis as well as doctors’ indifference and medical neglect. I will attempt to discuss Mantel’s autobiographical account not only as a narrative about the writer’s illness, but as a work which investigates interrelatedness of writing and suffering, and which tries to both make sense and take charge of one’s life story which has been otherwise claimed by the demands and limitations of an ailing body. In short, I wish to see Mantel’s memoir as an exercise in autopathography. pl
dc.subject.en autopathography pl
dc.subject.en illness/disability narratives pl
dc.subject.en memoir pl
dc.subject.en life writing pl
dc.subject.en Hilary Mantel pl
dc.description.volume 9 pl
dc.description.number 3 pl
dc.description.publication 1 pl
dc.identifier.doi 10.4467/20843933ST.14.013.3060 pl
dc.identifier.eissn 2084-3933 pl
dc.title.journal Studia Litteraria Universitatis Iagellonicae Cracoviensis pl
dc.language.container pol pl
dc.participation Kusek, Robert: 100%; pl
dc.affiliation Wydział Filologiczny pl
dc.subtype Article pl
dc.rights.original OTHER; inne; ostateczna wersja wydawcy; po opublikowaniu; 24; pl
dc.identifier.project ROD UJ / P pl
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