Anatole France’s “Good Critic”

Anatole France writes that “The good critic…is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces” (qtd. in Kellman B14).  This relates particularly well to the idea that all works at are some level autobiographical.  My wonder, however, is the degree to which the concealment of autobiographical detail may serve to enhance rather than elide…

Student Perceptions of Social Trauma: The Judicial System

This blog post clearly illustrates the dangers of brainstorming via public venue.  My assertions below aren’t very coherent and they aren’t supported through outside sources.  But writing this indicates a couple questions I need ask/address as I continue my research: Is there a relationship between the individual experience of trauma and the ability to perceive/understand the traumatic experiences…

Montaigne, autography, and “knowing”

In discussing Montaigne’s Essais, Spellmeyer describes an approach to knowledge that is very close to Jeanne Perreault’s autography.  “Montaigne’s real concern is not knowledge proper, but the relationship between individuals and the conventions by which their experience is defined and contained” (qtd. in Allen 9).  Allen subsequently describes this as “a fruitful way of thinking about…

Public Awareness vs Individual Therapy

The women’s liberation movement has demonstrated repeatedly to the mental health profession that consciousness raising has often been more beneficial and empowering to women than psychotherapy.  In particular, the public revelation of the many and ancient sexual secrets of women (orgasm, rape, abortion) may have contributed far more toward the liberation of women than the…

UTexas Writing Program Homepage

U Texas Writing Center Videos

The UTexas Writing Program has a video series on how Writers Face Obstacles to get their writing done.  These works indicate how autobiography can help our students relate to other writers and, hopefully, better appreciate their own struggles in writing.