Support and Healing

This exhibit looks to sources of strength Robert Cormier's characters lean on or lack in their efforts to safeguard their humanity. Moving outside Cormier’s novels themselves, this exhibit also looks at the role of literature in questioning our humanity, overcoming personal strife and trauma, and the process of memorializing through storytelling. Artifacts in this exhibit look to what role family support has in a character's chances of survival and happiness as well as how writing itself can provide therapy for authors facing trauma. Included are fan letters, draft criticism, draft novel chapters, and student essays.