Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Re-Membering the Flesh and the Feminine: Illness, Coinherence, and the Creative Imperative
by Wullschlager, Anne E., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 83; 1692030
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis, through heuristic and artistic-creative modalities, explores embodiment in the intersection of Merleau-Ponty’s sensuous phenomenology and depth psychology’s archetypal feminine. The research argues that illness evokes or re-members the often unconscious relationship with the body that is the legacy of Cartesian dualism. The author references her own experience with multiple sclerosis to found the premise of the work—that meaning making of self and world is done through and by way of one’s perceiving body. As illness shifts the taken-for-granted sedimentations of the lived body, in tandem a new lived body and surrounding world must be oriented to and made meaningful. Following a scholarly inquiry of Merleau-Ponty and the archetypal feminine, three art pieces are presented. Based upon radical reflection, the art represents the author’s embodied coinherence with her surroundings, and points to conclusions and principles to bear in mind while working clinically with the chronically ill.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Womens studies, Counseling Psychology, Personality psychology
Publication Number: 1692030
ISBN: 978-1-321-67316-6
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