In addition to its broad appeal to educators, this book will also be of great interest to all people interested in educational issues-students, parents, and administrators. It should join Professor Berman's other books as foundational texts for those educators who. wish to help students to mature in literary proficiency and their own emotional growth.
(Marvin Krims, M.D., lecturer in psychiatry, Harvard Medical School)
A sensitive and, at times, gripping discussion of an issue not discussed in educational literature.... The book is personal, written with sensitivity and a great deal of hope that thinking and writing about self-destructive behaviors in educational settings allow for catharsis and self-insight.
(Deborah Britzman, author of Novel Education: Psychoanalytic Studies of Learning and Not Learning)
About the Author
Jeffrey Berman is professor of English at the University at Albany. He has published four other books with the University of Massachusetts Press: Empathic Teaching: Education for Life; Risky Writing: Self-Disclosure and Self-Transformation in the Classroom; Surviving Literary Suicide; and Diaries to an English Professor: Pain and Growth in the Classroom.
Patricia Hatch Wallace is an English teacher at Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire, Massachusetts.