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Trauma and the Teaching of Writing


reviewed by L. HIll Taylor 2006

coverTitle: Trauma and the Teaching of Writing
Author(s): Shane Borrowman (editor)
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791462773, Pages: 240, Year: 2005
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Trauma and the Teaching of Writing, edited by Shane Borrowman (2005), brings to the fore a variety of notions and realities of trauma faced by students, educators, and communities.  Borrowman’s project was prompted by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and his own pedagogical challenges in providing a usable, appropriate, and meaningful discourse to his students on that specific day and in those that followed.  Through the interrogation of the impact and nature of historical and current traumas Trauma and the Teaching of Writing presents reflections and meditations on trauma as it exists in our current cultural moment via Borrowman’s assembly of work from educators in the fields of Composition and English Studies.  In response to the “unshakeable feeling” that he failed his students “in some simple fundamental way” (p. 1) Borrowman’s collection works to propose that the shared experience of trauma be addressed and harnessed in the contemporary... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 182-186
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12083, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 5:25:58 PM

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  • L. HIll Taylor
    University of the District of Columbia
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    L. HILL TAYLOR, Jr. is Assistant Professor of English at the University of the District of Columbia where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Composition and Rhetoric. His areas of expertise, interest, and publication are cultural studies, critical geography, and urban education.
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