Journalists and Writers on Violence and Loss
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Series: The History of Communication
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Introduction. Trauma, News, and Narrative: The Study of Violence and Loss in Journalism and Fiction
Ernest Hemingway has meant many things to many people, but one that he was not comfortable with was his standing as the monumental example of how traumatic experience can shape the life of a journalist-turnednovelist. When Hemingway once said that he would never write about his growing-up years in Oak Park, Illinois, ...
1. Stories of Harm, Stories of Hazard: Childhood Stress and Professional Traumas in the Careers of Journalist-Literary Figures
Many people would call it a nervous breakdown when Sherwood Anderson, a thirty-six-year-old owner of a mail order paint company and editor of a series of business publications, walked out of his office in Elyria, Ohio, one day in 1912. He was later found wandering the streets of Cleveland, haggard, disoriented, ...
2. Trafficking in Trauma: Women's Rights, Civil Rights, and Sensationalism as a Spur to Social Justice
Zora Neale Hurston was a unique mixture of traumatized personality, once-poor African American woman who had migrated from the South to the North, college-trained anthropologist, and fledgling journalist and fiction writer when she got off the train in central Florida in 1927 to study the folklore of the poor black community where she had grown up. ...
3. Trauma in War, Trauma in Life: The Pose of the "Heroic" Battlefield Correspondent
As a war correspondent in the Spanish-American War, Stephen Crane covered the story for both the Hearst and Pulitzer newspapers, as well as serving as the subject of continuous press coverage himself. As perhaps the second most famous writer reporting on the war in Cuba, Crane cut a romantic figure trying to outdo Richard Harding Davis, ...
4. Depression, Drink, and Dissipation: Dysfunctional Lifestyles and Art as the Ultimate Stimulant
There is a photograph of an aging “Papa” Hemingway at the height of his fame—bulky, puffy faced, his hair combed over his balding forehead, hoisting a bottle of Spanish wine to his lips at a bullfight in the summer of 1959. Hemingway had gone to Pamplona to relive the glory days of his youth that provided the setting for the critically acclaimed The Sun Also Rises. ...
Epilogue: New Challenges, New Treatments: Trauma and the Contemporary Journalist-Literary Figure
Sadly, the letters and correspondence of James Thurber toward the end of his career indicate that the final outcome was not always easy for the writer living with the effects of trauma, psychological stress, and behaviors that tried to compensate for the emotional disequilibrium caused by inherited proclivities and family dysfunction. ...