Mimetic vs Anti-Mimetic Theories of Trauma

 Radstone writes that Something else gets lost, too, in trauma theory’s retreat from the significance of unconscious process of memory formation and revision.  And emphasis on the centrality of unconscious process to all aspects of psychical life has the effect of reminding readers and analysts of two important aspects of that life.  First, a fundamental…

Life Writing as Reinforcement of the “materialistic and narcissistic subject”

Sarah Allen addresses the ongoing critique of life writing as a genre that doesn’t actually challenge students to change their views on the world.  She notes the prevalent fear among teachers that the life writing essays only contribute the materialistic mindset of consumer society: No doubt, this is part of the reason behind writing teachers’ suspicions…

Hayles promotes Comparative Media Studies

​ N. Katherine Hayles is concerned that the increasing disconnect between digital media scholars and traditional (i.e. print-based) scholars will lead to significant losses in knowledge: Print-based scholars would become increasingly marginalized, unable to communicate not only with Digital Humanities colleagues but also with researchers in the social sciences and sciences, who routinely use digital…

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…

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…

Memory and Freewriting – How We Integrate Reading into Research and the Classroom

In writing these blog posts, I find that I’m not doing the kind of simultaneous reading and quoting that I imagined I would be doing. Instead, I find myself doing free association, drawing in examples from memory that I’ve read over the past few years (or longer).  Clearly, the brain (as a technology) is capable…