Two American novels illustrate post-traumatic stress well: Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, dealing with life on the Native American reservation post-Vietnam and Beloved by Toni Morrison, dealing with Civil War era slavery. Characters in these stories feel emotion, mental, and physical stress and it affects their behavior in a manner consistent with symptoms of grief, depression, and post-traumatic stress syndrome . Characters suffer on all levels--their race attacked, their bodies abused, their beliefs challenged, their personal relations and families destroyed, and their minds reel with the horror of what they experience. By the end of both novels, characters have survived and in doing so, overcome some of their problems.
About Sheri Fresonke Harper
by Lee Upton
Interesting essays about unusual topics in the life of a writer--these focus on motivation, boredom, failure. One looks for the gems from the numerous writers the author mentions.
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Naked at the Podium: The Writer's Guide to Successful Readings. How to Use Drama as a Tool to Give Dynamic Readings Anywhere
Great book for those having to do presentations or public readings of prose or poetry. It provides a good set of tips and explanations about how to prepare beforehand, how to practice and what to bring along with you when you do a poetry...
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Great advice about the psychological problems writers face from the moment they start writing. It tells great tales of facing difficulties and then finding the writer's magic after the end of all the writing.