Inscribing Ordinary Trauma in the Diary of a Military Child
Using her own diary as a case study, the author examines how the life writing of a military child inscribes ordinary trauma, defining ordinary trauma as a response to extraordinary events masked as ordinary. For the military child, the possibility of war is made ordinary and rendered such in her writing.
Jennifor Sinor. “Inscribing Ordinary Trauma in the Diary of a Military Child.” Biography 26.3 (Summer 2003): 405-427. (Published in slightly different version and titled “The Life Writing of a Military Child” in Arms and the Self: War, the Military, and Autobiographical Writing, Ed. Alex Vernon, Kent State University Press, 2005).