Catalan Review

LA TEXTUALITZACIÓ DEL CÀNCER A MILLOR QUE NO M’HO EXPLIQUIS (2003), D’IMMA MONSÓ, I ALTRES CONSTRUCCIONS CULTURALS DE LA MALALTIA

Catalan Review (2005), 19, (1), 241–263.

Abstract

The ironic discourse of this short story by Imma Monsó questions the myths and taboos that configure the social construct of cancer, above all the tropic readings of the disease as signifying negative political or psychological realities, and the process of depoliticization brought about by the philosophy of blaming patients for their own illness. Taking as a point of departure the “nomadic” and “corporal” feminism of such thinkers as Braidotti and Grosz (hearkening back to Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, but with a pertinent gender consciousness), and analyses of the cultural projection of cancer such as Sontag’s, Sedgwick’s or Stacey’s, this article explores the inclusive approach taken by the story towards one of the most intractable forms of alterity, that of one’s own diseased body, and relates it with other contemporary texts (Marçal, Monzó, Lorrie Moore) that deal with the same topic.

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Lunati, Montserrat