2. “The journey of a researcher” does not follow a simple path. Select a quote from the preface or introduction, which considers the author’s journey, starting questions, or identification. Explain why the quote is significant.
“Locating these stories in historical venues, I analyze how circulating forms, integrating creative media in blogs, plays, songs, and poetry, record transitional violence in emergent and young democracies, and I consider how these expressions, often as protest performances, attempt to cope with violence and imagine transition, after atrocity, years of dictatorship, disappearances, or upheaval.” (xvi) This quote is significant because it describes the direction of the journey that the author has chosen to take and what the reader can expect to encounter when reading about this journey. This quote illustrates how the author first located the stories by researching historical and true events and then found real stories from these events to share with her readers. She then analyzed them and considered their impact on the coping and transition of the people affected by them. From this quotation, readers can then expect not only to learn about historical stories in which the characters use protest performances in order to cope, but to learn how important this kind of protest is for coping through the many tragedies that are still occurring today and how we should not be ignoring it.
5. What can you infer about sacred spaces after reading the introduction?
Sacred spaces are places that are identified with as somewhere a tragedy, an atrocity, happened, and people banded together to pull through and cope or are still coping together. Going through a tragedy with other people is a terrible experience but it is one that bonds us to one another and allows us to lean on and depend on other people so that together we can move past it. A sacred space is somewhere that commemorates an event and the people that lived through it. It makes even those of us who weren’t there feel connected to it. A sacred place gives everyone the opportunity to connect with everyone who has been touched by the tragedy which bonds us and allows us to use each other for support. For example, the 9/11 memorial is a sacred place. It commemorates the atrocity that happened there and people who visit it do so in order to feel a connection to that event and to be with other people who feel that same thing. Then we lean on each other, we discuss, we write poetry, we cope however we need to but we don’t have to do it alone because we have a sacred space with people who are feeling many of the same feelings that we are.