Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Constructing Narrative Through Illness
by Rodney-Haapala, Karin J., M.A.T., Corcoran College of Art + Design, 2014, 60; 1557693
Abstract (Summary)

Transformative learning theory, an andragogical (adult) theory, is developed from the psychoanalytical theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and later formalized by sociologist, Jack Mezirow. Incorporating transformative learning into a multidisciplinary perspective, specifically through art making and critical reflection, can read therapeutic results of confronting trauma and illness. Using qualitative arts based research methodologies such as autoethnography and autophotography to address the question, how might the use of Combat-Related PTSD as the foundation of a photographic and written inquiry trigger a transformative learning experience in both the artist-researcher and the viewer can be explored through the use of visual imagery and written narrative. These components are integral in constructing a cohesive narrative that may assists those who may suffer from illness and/ or trauma. As a noted method in art therapy, patients who are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) utilize nonverbal communication, i.e. visual imagery, as an avenue to reconsolidate their memories and experiences. Using visual imagery, allows the internal narrative of the body to be reflected externally. The significance of the research is to explore art as a healing and therapeutic modality, individually and collectively, for those who suffer from Combat related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lawton, Pamela
Commitee: D'Angelo, Adrienne, Honig, Selila, Lawton, Pamela
School: Corcoran College of Art + Design
Department: Art Education
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art education, Adult education, Spirituality
Keywords: Art based research, Autoethnography, Autophotography, Illness, Post traumatic stress disorder, Transformative learning
Publication Number: 1557693
ISBN: 978-1-303-95598-3
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