Diaries to an English Professor: Pain and Growth in the Classroom

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This book is a poignant study of the journals that students have written in Jeffrey Berman's college class on literature and psychoanalysis over the course of fifteen years. Introspective and ungraded, the diaries offer a unique glimpse into the personal world of students' lives.

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Jeffrey Berman is professor of English at the University at Albany and author of Joseph Conrad; The Talking Cure; and Narcissism and the Novel.

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"I know of no equivalent study either in the literary, pedagogical, or psychoanalytic literature. Nowhere has there been an attempt to track as extensively over time the self-representations of students writing within a classroom situation as informed by a psychoanalytic method. Berman has undertaken a true tour-de-force."―Sander L. Gilman, Cornell University

"One of the most important books on education I can think of. Not only all writing teachers and literature teachers but all educators owe it to themselves and, more importantly, to their students to read this engaging and powerful book and ponder its lessons."―Mark Bracher, director, Center for Literature and Psychoanalysis, Kent State University

"Berman has made an extraordinary contribution to the understanding of late adolescence and of the personal struggles of those coming of age in contemporary middle-class America. . . . Should be required reading for psychotherapists, college counselors, and indeed, anyone who comes in contact with today's college students."―Joseph Reppen, editor, Psychoanalytic Books

"A truly remarkable achievement. These diaries show how psychoanalytic understanding can really matter in the lives of students and teachers, how unconstrained student writing reveals truths of experience that elude other pedagogical methods, and how a sensitive and trusted teacher can enable a marriage of literary study and authentic self-exploration."―Murray M. Schwartz, Vice President and Dean, Claremont Graduate School

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