Triggering Kindness: Teaching Narratives of Trauma During COVID-19

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5689-614X and Gildersleeve, Jessica ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7694-5615 (2020) Triggering Kindness: Teaching Narratives of Trauma During COVID-19. NiTRO (32).


Abstract

In our experience teaching narratives of trauma in a first-year Australian literature course, offered during lockdown, we were cognisant of the importance of connecting with students who not only felt disconnected from their studies during the pandemic but additionally discomfited and perhaps distanced by the challenging nature of the course. While we were initially surprised by the overwhelmingly negative affect reported by students in response to the set reading, we were reminded, as Mary O’Dowd points out, that the study of Australian literature, and Australian history more generally, is often met with a 'resistance to hearing the story' (105). For this reason, one of the key aims of the course is to uncover students’ cultural biases and blind spots, and to build students’ capacity to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.


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Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2020 01:29
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 03:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trauma; Australian literature; reading resilience; COVID-19; academic kindness
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190302 Professional Writing
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360203 Professional writing and journalism practice
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470502 Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40294

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