Amato and Fleisher – “Reforming Creative Writing Pedagogy: History as Knowledge, Knowledge as Activism”

Amato, Joe and H. Kassia Fleisher.  “Reforming Creative Writing Pedagogy: History as Knowledge, Knowledge as Activism.”  Web. Fundamental questions that arise in reform pedagogy: Can writing be effectively taught without also addressing the historical and cultural contexts that determine how writing is judged?  (probably not…) What do we mean by “higher efucation” in terms of…

Threshold: What “counts” as trauma?

Bill O’Reilly doesn’t categorize his own upbringing as “abusive.”  Many Euro-Americans don’t see the treatment of Native Americans as genocide. How do we decide what “counts” as trauma?  Who decides this?  Does surviving one trauma grant one the authority to gauge the traumas of others?

Psychoanalysis and Credulity

Herman illustrates how Freud’s empathy for his female patients led to real progress in identifying childhood sexual trauma (8), but the sheer number of women diagnosed with “hysteria” indicated a ubiquity of sexual abyss that Freud couldn’t accept as possible (9).       From Herman (11):  I suspect that the initial analysis of hysteria had less…

Trauma and the Media

A book review from H-Net gets at what I’ll call the “practical” rhetoric of trauma in the media. Anne Rothe. Popular Trauma Culture: Selling the Pain of Others in the Mass Media. London: Rutgers University Press, 2011. 224 pp. $72.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8135-5128-9; $25.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8135-5129-6. Doug Underwood. Chronicling Trauma: Journalists and Writers on…

Ferron and Massa – “Studying collective memories in Wikipedia” to Amanda Knox, Trayvon Martin, and Cultural Trauma

Ferron, Michela and Paolo Massa – “Studying collective memories in Wikipedia.” They found that Wikipedia articles related to traumatic events (such as September 11th, Chernobyl, and the London Train Bombings) received more editing during anniversary periods than during the rest of the year. Although I do find this interesting and perhaps useful, I feel as…

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study: Childhood Trauma Affects School Performance

My questions: Has the ACE Study been addressed by and incorporated into Trauma theory? How can creative writing classrooms recognize and address the results of childhood trauma without exacerbating the situation for at-risk students? Can the medical epidemiology used in the ACE study be used to determine what “counts” as trauma? Does the quantification of…