What is one example Wang gives of possession being used as a metaphor for schizophrenia?
1. Read “Toward a Pathology of the Possessed” by Esmé Weijun Wang (from her 2019 essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias): Wang_Toward a Pathology of the Possessed.pdf
Note: This essay includes a description of a murder. It is not graphic, but it could be disturbing to some readers. If you would rather not read it, you can feel free to skip this reading, or skip page 1 and the last 3 paragraphs of the essay.
2. Read “Metaphor Criticism” by Sonja Foss (from Rhetorical Criticism): Foss_Metaphor Criticism.pdf
Note: you do not need to do the metaphor analysis assignment Foss suggests in the “Procedures” section.
3. Then, write a response in which you answer the following questions (350+ words minimum):
Esmé Weijun Wang argues that demonic possession is used as a metaphor for schizophrenia. What is one example Wang gives of possession being used as a metaphor for schizophrenia? Provide a quote for support.
According to Wang, what is one of the effects of the “possession” metaphor on people living with schizophrenia? (I’m not asking about the effects of schizophrenia itself, but of the metaphor.)
Think of a metaphor you’ve heard used for a disability, illness, or diagnosis. What is it? Where have you heard it (or seen it, if it’s a visual metaphor)? Where do you think it comes from? What is one effect you can imagine it having on someone with this disability, illness, or diagnosis?
What is one example Sonja Foss provides of how metaphor affects our perception of reality or our behavior? Provide a quote for support.
EXTRA CREDIT (Optional): Foss suggests alternatives to the “argument is war” metaphor. For 5 points Extra Credit, invent your own metaphor for argument, and explain how you think it might affect the way we think about argument.