Unimaginable Situations

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Literature has always functioned as a singular means of finding empathy for others in situations one might otherwise be unable to imagine.

At the Huffington Post, Erika Johansen discusses the social reluctance to engage with difficult topics like sexual abuse, and the necessity for discussions and books surrounding these problems. She picks seven works, from The Bluest Eye to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, that take closer looks at the dynamics of sexually abusive relationships.


Kyle Williams is a student at Brooklyn College, studying creative writing and literature. You can find more from him on Tumblr at kaywhyelleee.tumblr.com, but don't feel like you have to. More from this author →