Personal Narratives and Self-Help

Perhaps one of the most important genre conventions of self help books is the personal narrative. In some cases, the personal narrative is used to describe the authors past life, past mistakes, and past successes – this personal narrative is meant as a kind of resume to support the author’s position as an authority figure.…

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…

Trauma, Standpoint, Posthumanity – Theorizing the Bio-Cultural Network of Relationships

It’s well established that some elements of personality are genetic.  It’s also well established that biological determinism can provide one of the most pernicious forms of racism.  It’s generally acknowledged (or at least proclaimed) that all people are created equal (which is not at all the same as all people being created identical).  And yet…

Positivist Expressivism?

When I envisioned my teaching internship (Fall 2013 ENG 247.02), I was thinking that I would help students learn to better use (and appreciate) social media as a tool for reaching readers.  Yes, I did want them to engage in genuine interactions with potential audiences beyond the classroom, but I was still looking at social…