The language of trauma : an analysis of A stolen life by Jaycee Dugard and My story by Elizabeth Smart

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dc.contributor.advisor Mix, Deborah M.
dc.contributor.author Aprill, Morgan
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-14T17:10:33Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-14T17:10:33Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05
dc.identifier.other A-365
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/199764
dc.description.abstract Language is a powerful tool that humans use in order to make sense of their surroundings, situations, and relationships. In moments of trauma, language processing is hindered by our body's coping mechanisms which turn off these areas of the brain. This makes it very hard for victims of severe abuse, like those of sexual abuse and childhood slavery, to be able to make sense of and share their stories. This paper looks at two memoirs written by women who have escaped childhood sexual slavery and have taken on the tasks of reclaiming, retelling, and making sense of their traumatic experiences through memoir. These books are A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard and My Story by Elizabeth Smart. By analyzing various aspects of their memoirs we can understand more about how trauma affects a victim and how powerful language is in and surrounding these incidents. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English.
dc.title The language of trauma : an analysis of A stolen life by Jaycee Dugard and My story by Elizabeth Smart en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis.
dc.description.degree Thesis (B.?) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1777212


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