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Listening in the Silence, Seeing in the Dark – Reconstructing Life after Brain Injury - California Scholarship Online
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Listening in the Silence, Seeing in the Dark: Reconstructing Life after Brain Injury

Ruthann Knechel Johansen


Traumatic brain injury can interrupt without warning the life story that any one of us is in the midst of creating. When the author's fifteen-year-old son survives a terrible car crash in spite of massive trauma to his brain, she and her family know only that his story has not ended. Their efforts, Erik's own efforts, and those of everyone who helps bring him from deep coma to new life make up an inspiring story for us all, one that invites us to reconsider the very nature of “self” and selfhood. The author, who teaches literature and narrative theory, is a particularly eloquent witness to the ... More

Keywords: brain injury, car crash, trauma, coma, self, selfhood, injury, crisis, stories, self-identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520231146
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruthann Knechel Johansen, author