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ERIC Number: ED313712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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On Teaching Women and Creativity: Speaking from the Margins.
Bradley, Jane
When asked to teach a newly-created course entitled "Women and Creativity," a woman who loved teaching was eager for the opportunity to share stories about women with a class made up primarily of women. The course proposal, course objectives, and suggested texts initially seemed so outlined in scholarly language that the concept of creativity appeared imprisoned. The first topic of discussion was to analyze the traditional metaphor of the creative process, the muse, and to investigate differences between male and female conceptions of creativity. This led to the discovery that for women, creativity often was a subversive act in which they found a freedom and a validity in deviating from traditional male constructs of the world. Discussion was followed by two assignments designed to help students discover that every discipline has a woman in it somewhere who has shaken the foundations. First, students were asked to write and give a report on a creative woman in their field of interest. Second, students were asked to work in teams, to research creative women, and to compile a small anthology on women and creativity. Class discussion during the rest of the course revealed a continuous return to three themes which also served as topics for essays: (1) the dilemma of woman as outsider with the double urge to fit in and to rebel; (2) the creative work of women produced by personal suffering; and (3) the creative sensibility of women which stems from their ability to transcend their own identities and merge with others. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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