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A Patografia Um Homem Sorri à Morte—Com Meia Cara e a Medicina Narrativa
InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies (2015)
  • Francisco Cota Fagundes
Abstract
This article contributes to the resolution of the controversy surrounding the generic 
status of Um homem sorri à morte—com meia cara (narrativa) as pathography, a genre that Anne 
Hunsaker Hawkins defines as “a form of autobiography or biography that describes personal 
experiences of illness, treatment, and sometimes death.” Three components that inform the 
pathography will be privileged: storytelling as an autotherapeutic imperative in the experience of 
serious illness; guided imagery as autotherapy and illness as exile and exile as illness; and the 
metaphorical structure of Miguéis’s narrative, which relies on metaphors relatively common in 
hundreds of pathographies published in America starting in the 50s and 60s and up to today.

Keywords
  • José Rodrigues Miguéis,
  • illness narrative,
  • narrative medicine,
  • autotherapy,
  • guided imagery,
  • exile
Publication Date
2015
Publisher Statement
Originally published in InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies: http://portuguese-diaspora-studies.com/index.php/ijpds/article/view/221
Citation Information
Francisco Cota Fagundes. "A Patografia Um Homem Sorri à Morte—Com Meia Cara e a Medicina Narrativa" InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies Vol. 4 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 369 - 388
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/francisco_fagundes/36/
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