Chapter One introduces my study and examines theoretical discourse concerning contemporary trauma narratives and autobiography theory. Chapter Two investigates sixteen rape memoirs using Judith Herman's Trauma and Recovery to trace how writing about trauma helps the subject heal from its effects. Chapter Three studies fifteen memoirs about critical illness to see how the subject employs warfare metaphors to describe the effects of illness on her body, and to portray herself as a hero figure. Chapter Four investigates the theoretical basis for employing first-person narratives in the college classroom to foster self-study, well-being, and empathy. Chapter Five presents data from my own teaching experience to demonstrate how incorporating first-person narratives into the college classroom does indeed foster self-study, well-being and empathy. As students come to see themselves as subjects of their own discourse, they also recognize and support another's right to work toward self-transformation.For example, she writes in her journal during the second week of class:38 I really dona#39;t want to give up. If I can make it through another semester I would feel like I have accomplished something [. . .] I have a personal essay to write and I feel Ianbsp;...
|Title||:||Changing the Subject: First-person Narration in and Out of the Classroom|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|