ERIC Number: ED347531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Tell Me a Story I'll Never Forget or Deconstructing Traditional Narrative Plot/Myths To Challenge the Ethics of Conflict.
In recent years some exceptionally optimistic writings by feminist scholars have addressed a shift away from the male manque model of femininity to one celebrating feminine growth. Archetypal myths have inculcated people's minds with the notion that domination and conquest serve to justify men's domination over the feminine. Narrative communicates myths that people live by, and imaginative works have power to motivate people. An essential source of this power is conflict, but this feature is now being challenged by feminists. Also being challenged are tradition myths of hierarchy and success/failure. To construct a "new woman," playwrights must know the old. Archaeological evidence shows ancient societies ruled by women, focused on affiliation and not dominance. Women are turning to ancient texts, goddess religions, and a return to Eros to redeem the divine in themselves to become whole women. Love and the erotic are linked to conflict in the works of many feminist writers. Toni Packer describes the process essential to the self-knowledge necessary for bringing about change and peace in the self, and excerpts from her writings demonstrate the influential aspects of images on the construction of the self. In short, simple attention and questioning are the necessary first steps to changing the way conflict is deployed and internalized. By changing the stories, change will be produced in the world. Images and conflict ultimately cannot be completely avoided, but fresh non-destructive ways of evoking and confronting both should be explored. (Thirty-four references and two notes are attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Deconstruction; Feminist Criticism; Historical Background
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (23rd, Pittsburgh, PA, March 27-29, 1992).