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ERIC Number: ED318017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Women Writers Evoke the Muse: A Mythic Perspective.
Miller, Lori Ann
A creative writing class explored the feminine creative powers evoked when searching for the Muse in an attempt to understand women as writers. Female student writers occasionally found "masculine" figures, but predominantly experienced a figure of the Muse that had a distinctly Goddess-linked quality or was not genderized at all. Accessing these inner figures seemed to address the relationship the woman writers had to themselves and to their work, allowing them to access a uniquely "feminine" version of the Muse and to express themselves in a voice of feminine authority that moved far beyond the expression of "just" feelings. The female writers uncovered in themselves the mysterious multiplicity of the ancient Goddesses and, with this discovery, gave themselves permission to speak. Aphrodite, the remembered union of the one with all things, was the genesis, the beginning of the process. Artemis urged an uncovering of the ways for women to become self-defined, to become women-centered writers. Athena articulated and integrated, bringing meaningfulness and vision to the experience of the One. The knowledge and experience of these mythic aspects of the feminine principle were only the beginning, immersing the women writers in this extraordinary cycle. The authentic, dynamic, creative, and uniquely female figures of the Goddesses, when directly experienced, empowered the young women to view themselves as Woman and, hence, to write as whole and autonomous human beings. (Forty-eight references are attached.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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