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Zhara Jaffrey

October 24, 2010

English 391W

Prospectus and Annotated Bibliography

            For this research paper I am interested in writing about Lucky by Alice Sebold, Telling: A Memoir of Rape & Recovery by Patricia Weaver Francisco, and I am a Central Park Jogger: A story of Hope and Possibility by Tisha Meili. I am interested in the manner in which certain writers who have experienced certain traumas express their experiences. I am also interested in what psychological research offers in terms of these traumas, in this case rape.  I would like to understand what is included in writing a memoir, how it is edited, and why some writers include dramatic and full detail while others feel a necessity to omit certain aspects of their experience. The significance of the details, events and their meanings to the author and readers.

The particular aspects of how female writers who are victims of rape write about their feelings and emotions. How the victims try to adjust to their environment. What they express through their writings. Why certain things are taken out and others included, exactly how much of the traumatic experience a person remembers and how much of it do they piece together. I will go about do this research using parts of real case study of the authors of these memoirs, using real psychological studies and interviews with information that the authors themselves gave. An example of some of the things I would like to understand is when Sebold tells her readers of her father’s comment that it was not rape because the culprit was not holding a knife during the time of the act, his lack of understanding. Another example is of when the people in Sebold’s home town refer to the rape as an accident, why these details are included what is so significant about them.

Annotated Bibliography


The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault. “Psychological adjustment to rape”. Sep.25,2009. Oct.

2010.  <www.secasa.com.au/index.php/workers/25/30  >

            This article is one on psychological effects on the female victims of rape. It explains that because of the amount of stress and shocks the victim experiences they do not feel like they are living a reality. All of the processes that are attached to rape cause the victims to feel as if everything occurring is unreal. It explains that the amount of trauma the victim can be unrecognized and even ignored at times by the family and friends, to whom the victim looks at for support. The article explains that women tend to change in the manner in which they explain emotions and they can suddenly have an emotional shift.

Eckhoff, Sally. “Alice Sebold”.  October,6, 2003. Oct 2010. <www.arlindo-correia.com/100603.html>

            This is an interview in which Sebold explains how she felt through the writing. She tells about her encounters, explains how other saw her, she also explains the shock that she was in. The article also explains her previous book “The Lovely Bones” about which Sebold describes that the afterlife in heaven would.

Patterson, Christina.  “Alice Sebold: Rape and Redemption.” June 6, 2003. Oct. 2010.  

<www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/alice-sebold-rape-and-redemption-539849.html >

            This article discusses the effects of rape on Alice Sebolds life. It not only gives the effects of the rape on Sebold’s life but, also gives the opinion of Patterson based on her reading of the book, it would allow for me to incorporate the two ideas together. It would also cause me to think and compare the two ways of thinking and decide on a final impact of the story. It also gives insight on what Sebold was thinking as she wrote her memoir. It speaks about the fact that Sebold wanted to become known as a poet but was instead known for her memoir.

Smith, Chris. “Central Park Revisited.” New York: News and Features. October, 21, 2002. October 2010.



            This article from the New York Magazine gives information about the actual culprit of the act of rape on Meili.  It gives information about the fact that the five people who were arrested and jailed initially were not the true culprits of the act, their semen also never matched what was found at the crime site. In 2002, the true offender and culprit himself came forward and admitted to raping Meili and expecting her to die, as did the doctors who treated her.  This new discovery sheds light on part of the unknown that occurred because Meili does not recalled what had happened. It gives us at least this much knowledge that the culprit was alone in what he did and that his is in jail.


Wedro, Benjamin C. “Coma Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment.” December,

2009. October 2010. <medicinenet.com/coma/article.htm>

            Medicine net gives information about Coma. This information can be used to determine how much damage was done to Meili and what could have happened. It can also be used to judge how strong of a will Meili has that she succeeded in coming out alive. The amount of will she had to live. This describes the causes, treatment, symptoms, and other information that one can use to judge how brutally the attack on Meili was and the manner in which she came through and survived it. It is a medical site that may be able to further help with why certain information is put in while other information is omitted in Tisha Meili’s memoir.

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