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…

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.…

Can Autography Overcome the Cycle of Trauma?

In the PBS documentary on Auschwitz, they juxtaposed the interviews of an SS guard and a partisan to show how neither side (decades after the war) felt regret about having killed. The SS guard said he thought he was protecting Germany from the Jews, and the partisan was fighting the Germans. Clearly, the partisan (I…