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Cutting and the Pedagogy of Self-Disclosure

reviewed by Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy - August 25, 2008

coverTitle: Cutting and the Pedagogy of Self-Disclosure
Author(s): Jeffrey Berman and Patricia Hatch Wallace
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MA
ISBN: 1558496157, Pages: 284, Year: 2007
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In our post-September 11 culture, methods of addressing traumatic experiences in ways that help promote agency and ultimately healing have become a topic of interest in both the popular media and within the higher education community, as evidenced by the recent publication of a number of books that address the relationship between trauma and writing and the pedagogy of the writing classroom. Many writing teachers, especially those who permit students to choose their own writing topics, encounter student essays that address difficult life experiences, and these books are a response to that reality. Jeffrey Berman has spent much of his career addressing pedagogical issues that other college teachers have avoided as too risky, too dangerous, or too intense to handle, and these include student writings about suicide, sexual abuse, anorexia, and many other traumas that afflict young people in our culture. His latest book addresses the subject of self-mutilation. Professor... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 25, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15356, Date Accessed: 11/27/2020 12:03:51 PM

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  • Marian MacCurdy
    Ithaca College
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    MARIAN MESROBIAN MACCURDY is on professional leave from her position as professor of writing at Ithaca College. She is currently special assistant to the president and a faculty member at Hampshire College where she teaches courses in the theory and practice of therapeutic writing. Her publications include personal essays, poetry, and scholarly and pedagogical articles in publications such as Literature and Medicine, the Journal of Teaching Writing, and Ararat. She is the author of The Mindís Eye: Image and Memory in Writing About Trauma, published in 2007 by the University of Massachusetts Press and the co-editor of Writing and Healing: Toward an Informed Practice, published in 2000 by National Council of Teachers of English Press. She holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from Syracuse University.
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