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By Juliet Miller

This publication is an try to examine creativity from a feminine standpoint. by means of creative endeavour, mothering and psychotherapeutic relationships, Juliet Miller considers how a patriarchal international distorts the channels wherein ladies realize their very own inventive voices. She argues that the dynamics of lady creativity are extra multi- layered and conflicted for girls for numerous ancient, cultural  Read more...

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By doing this she would again be aligning herself with the patriarchal world and denying her own innate creativity. qxd 2/4/08 7:27 PM Page 15 THE SEARCH FOR A VOICE 111 2 3 4 5 6 711 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 211 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 15 Before she even begins to engage with her creative daimon, a woman’s creative desire can be thwarted first and simply by the fact that she is having to fight for a space in the world in terms of work and power. That she also has to fight for a space in the world’s mind, where the androcentricity is continuous and almost entirely unconscious, may never be consciously appreciated, but it may be revealed when the fight for a space in the working world suddenly changes.

A woman’s experience of being a mother is as multi-faceted as there are mothers. qxd 36 111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 711 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 511 6 7 8 9 311 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 2/4/08 7:27 PM Page 36 THE CREATIVE FEMININE AND HER DISCONTENTS speak of the most intense and tender love through to the deepest and darkest rage, from compassion and altruism through to possessiveness and power. Being a mother impresses itself powerfully on women; it can be fulfilling and devastating in like measure and bring dramatic change to a woman’s life.

Brilliant and effective, powerful and masterly, as it may appear for a day or two, it must wither at nightfall; it cannot grow in the minds of others. [Woolf, 1945, p. 102] Although this was a perceptive understanding of the internal duality that has to happen for a creative piece of work to come into being, Woolf still finds it hard to acknowledge that some of those so-called masculine characteristics of aggression and destruction might also be powerful tools for the female creative enterprise.

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