Allegiance to Social Identity

“Allegiance,” as I’m seeing it, is about a deeper affinity that mere alliance, and it’s a bit different from relationship.  Relationship would be that your life (or fate, or destiny) is tied to the life of another.  A child has a relationship with parents, a CEO has a relationship with the corporation.  But relationship does…

Self-Help Books Use Personal Narratives from Therapeutic Settings

I have trouble “trusting” books by Susan Forward and some others because the examples seem rather inflammatory, possibly even exaggerated.  But the experiences described are very, very relatable – clearly effective rhetorically due to that sense of interpersonal resonance, but does this also indicate epistemic validity?  Is the ethos “real” as in authentic?  Or manufactured…

Identification vs Historicism: Suspension of Disbelief, Promotion of Ideology

LaCapra describes the difference between “writing trauma” and “writing about trauma” (186).  He raises a question about the film Shoah, asking whether Polish resistance to the Hocaust was excluded because the speaker was too detached and not actively reliving his experiences (“writing about trauma”), or if instead the documentary can now be critiqued for failing…

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…