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ERIC Number: EJ1082247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7502
Lying in Writing or the Vicissitudes of Testimony
Hood, Carra Leah
Composition Forum, v14 n2 Fall 2005
In this article, the author compares the arguments of Susan Swartzlander, Diana Pace, and Virginia Lee Stamler (1993) who note the contradiction between the "shockingly unprofessional" practice of asking students to write about their personal traumas in writing courses and the common occurrence of such assignments with Jeffrey Berman (2001) who argues that student writing about trauma leads to educational, aesthetic, and therapeutic achievements. In an effort to restate the ethical issues embedded in essay assignments that ask students to explore traumas in their life, this essay conceptualizes the place of writing, and language use more generally, in recovery as much more complicated, much less controlled, much more diffuse, and much less significantly associated with particular writing assignments in school than Berman and even Swartzlander, Pace, and Stamler assume.
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