Ubuzima bugira icyanga aruko bufite icyizere, or Life has taste when there is hope: Transcendent trauma narratives of post-genocide Rwanda

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Title: Ubuzima bugira icyanga aruko bufite icyizere, or Life has taste when there is hope: Transcendent trauma narratives of post-genocide Rwanda
Author: Osborne, Jen
Abstract: This dissertation proposes a structured model for a trauma writing workshop that provides opportunities for individuals to grieve and write about their traumatic experiences . The Kibuye Model offers comprehensive support for writers during this difficult but beneficial work . The model was found to be promising through narrative analysis of ten trauma narratives written by survivors of Rwanda’s 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi . Using a software textual analysis program called Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC ) , the narratives were found to be typical in style and form compared to other samples of emotional writing . The content of the trauma narratives focuses more on topics related to mass trauma and genocide , and several texts were found to transcend narrative structure through writers’ use of rhetorical figures . Findings and implications of this analysis can be used for further trauma writing workshop development and implementation , for writing groups who focus on painful experiences , and by mental health experts who employ the expressive writing paradigm . Please note that this study includes graphic descriptions of genocidal violence and psychological trauma .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /ETD -TTU -2011 -05 -1432
Date: 2011-05

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Ubuzima bugira icyanga aruko bufite icyizere, or Life has taste when there is hope: Transcendent trauma narratives of post-genocide Rwanda. Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /ETD -TTU -2011 -05 -1432 .

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