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Cutting, a form of self-mutilation, is a growing problem in the United States, especially among adolescent females. It is regarded as self-destructive behavior, yet paradoxically, people who cut themselves generally do not wish to die but to find relief from unbearable psychological pain. Cutting and the Pedagogy of Self-Disclosure is the first book to explore how college students write about their experiences as cutters. The idea behind the book arose when Patricia Hatch Wallace, a high school English teacher, wrote a reader-response diary for a graduate course taught by Professor Jeffrey Berman in which she revealed for the first time that she had cut herself twenty years earlier. At Berman's suggestion, Wallace wrote her Master's thesis on cutting. Not long after she finished her thesis, two students in Berman's expository writing course revealed their own experiences as cutters. Their disclosures encouraged several students in another writing class to share their own cutting stories with classmates. Realizing that so many students were writing about the same phenomenon, Berman and Wallace decided to write a book about a subject that is rarely discussed inside or outside the classroom. In Part 1, Wallace discusses clinical and theoretical aspects of cutting and then applies these insights to several memoirs and novels, including Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted, Caroline Kettlewell's Skin Game, and Patricia McCormick's Cut. The motivation behind Wallace's research was the desire to learn more about herself, and she reads these stories through her own experience as a cutter. In Part 2, Berman focuses on the pedagogical dynamics of cutting: how undergraduate students write about cutting, how their writings affect classmates and teachers, and how students who cut themselves can educate everyone in the classroom about a problem that has personal, psychological, cultural, and educational significance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. iii-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. iv-iv
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  1. Tables of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: “Why Would I Have Ever Cut Myself?”
  2. pp. ix-xxix
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  1. Part 1: Cutting—A Learned Behavior
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. Chapter 1- Feminist Perspectives: Self-Injurious Behavior among Women
  2. pp. 5-12
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  1. Chapter 2- Theories and Diagnoses: A Closer Look
  2. pp. 13-23
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  1. Chapter 3- My History as a Cutter: Losing Self-Esteem
  2. pp. 24-30
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  1. Chapter 4- Kettlewell, OCD, and Me: Keeping One’s Beasts at Bay
  2. pp. 31-39
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  1. Chapter 5- Cutting Influences: Peer Pressure and Out-of-Control Lives
  2. pp. 40-60
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  1. Chapter 6- Cutting Literature: “High School May Not Be the Place for Books Like These”
  2. pp. 61-69
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  1. Part 2: Student-Centered Teaching
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. Chapter 7- The Contagion Effect: “Teachers Ought to Be Careful in What They Assign”
  2. pp. 77-105
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  1. Chapter 8- Minimizing the Risks of Personal Writing: The Empathic Classroom
  2. pp. 106-121
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  1. Chapter 9- Attachment Theory and Self-Disclosure: Strengthening the Teacher-Student Bond
  2. pp. 122-138
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  1. Chapter 10- Cutting in the Classroom: Paula, Ralph, Judy, Christine, and Cordelia
  2. pp. 139-157
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  1. Chapter 11- “Falling in Love with Cutting”: Maryann and Paige
  2. pp. 158-207
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  1. Chapter 12- Conclusion: Writing about Cutting—Contagion or Inoculation?
  2. pp. 208-250
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  1. Epilogue: “I Was Committing a Crime against My Body, against Women”
  2. pp. 251-264
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 265-267
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 269-275
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  1. Student Writers
  2. pp. 277-277
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-284
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613760697
Related ISBN
9781558496149
MARC Record
OCLC
794701563
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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