Tag Archives: childhood trauma

Lit as a Survival Toolkit

Thursday Friend and occasional guest blogger Carl Rosin alerted me to a heartfelt Commonweal article by an English professor describing how literature helped her confront and work through childhood abuse. Cassandra Nelson’s difficult history leads to some remarkable insights into trigger warnings, which she opposes. Nelson’s view on trigger warnings is pretty much my own […]

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Top 2018 Post: Atwood Saves a Life

New Year’s Eve 2018 will always stand out for me as the year I retired. As I look back at my posts over the past 12 months, therefore, I have chosen to highlight one about my final senior project. Ashley Kadva, a single mother of two, shows us how literature is more than a luxury.  Margaret Atwood […]

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  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

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