Alcoff and Gray-Rosendale: Survivor Discourse

Alcoff, Linda Martín and Laura Gray-Rosendale.  “Survivor Discourse: Transgression or Recuperation?”  Getting a Life: Everyday Uses of Autobiography.  Ed. Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1996.  198-225.  Print. Dangers of Confessional Testimony Alcoff and Gray-Rosedale are looking at the ways in which confessional testimonies are often appropriated by hegemonic forces in order…

Autoethnography – Ellis, Adams, and Bochner

Ellis, Carolyn, Tony E. Adams, and Arthur P. Bochner.  “Autoethnography: An Overview.”  FQS 12.1, Art. 10 (2011).     “A researcher uses tenets of autobiography and ethnography to do and write autoethnography.  Thus, as a method, autoethnography is both process and product” (Sec. 1 History). In the history section, Ellis, Adams, and Bochner provide a nice introduction to postmodernism and…

Schwartzkopf – It Doesn’t Take a Hero

General Schwarzkopf’s autobiography opens with the mention that he was shaped by emotion – by Vietnam and his mother’s alcoholism as much as by his father being a general (x).  And I wonder now if it it was his experience in Vietnam that led to what I would consider a “conservative” approach to Desert Shield…

Leaded Gasoline: Causality and the Unmeasurable

The study that correlated regional and national crime rates to the geographic distribution of leaded gasoline raises questions about whole generations of Anericans.  If lead instigated greater criminality, did it also change “noncriminal” behavior such as norms for sex, drinking, and drugs?  Could it have affected parenting norms, leading to increases in emotional abuse? Kevin…

Hiroshima podcast on Public Radio

pri.org/hiroshima- a podcast addressing the trauma of the atomic bomb.  Also addresses the mental health considerations.  (And don’t forget the severely constrained Smithsonian exhibit.)  I’m especially interested in the concept of the memory keepers – those who were not there for the bombing, but who carry forward the memory of family members who were.  But there…

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…

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…