Kevlar Weave as Metaphor of Chronotopic Lamination?

Kevlar is tough, it’s woven, and it’s layered.  Could this be applied as a metaphor for the ways in which ideologies become integrated as a coherent sense of identity within the individual psyche?  And then the psyche can become “frayed” when some experiences cannot be connected (woven) together through a coherent ideological paradigm. This could…

Trauma, Memory, Standpoint

With this project, when I’m trying to do is understand the relationship between trauma and writing and learning. This can be complicated by neurological considerations, but we have a little understanding of the complex factors that allow some individuals to overcome trauma while others remain crippled by it. The problem for my research then is…

Hazing as a Social Perversion

Hazing and sexual harassment are known social ills – the emotional and psychological damage wrought by these behaviors is well documented.  Yet the disturbing ubiquity of these behaviors coupled with the kind of “investment” mentality seen so often in people indicates to me that hazing and sexual harass are both tied to what might be…

Affective Ownership vs Attachment?

Is there a difference between collection (per Van Den Eede), attachment, and ownership?  I’m thinking the trauma of loss versus the trauma of absence (Saunders?  Or LaCapra?) I also think of this in terms of the controversy surrounding Donald Trump.  Many people appear John to his campaign because they feel that their ownership of what…

Autography Establishes Vantage, can Promote Standpoint

Gornick’s description of life writing that reveals the “loneliness of the monster” and the “cunning of the innocent” is exactly the performance of standpoint, the portrayal of understanding one’s social position within the greater cultural hierarchy.  This inherently questions the assumptions of hierarchy. The point of vantage, on the other hand, is to establish one’s…

Trauma and Attention: Fixing the Victim

Inflicting trauma – or sumy threatening to – is one way to force a victim’s attention onto the perpetrator/abuser.  But it’s selective, a very personal show, typically a private show for an audience of immediate family.  Think Julie Gregory’s experience in Sickened.