The child pose : the role of the nonhuman natural world in recovery from psychological trauma

Baldwin, Andrea R. (2014) The child pose : the role of the nonhuman natural world in recovery from psychological trauma. PhD by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis by creative work explores relationships among human beings, the nonhuman natural world and language. It addresses the central research question: 'How can a novel embody a narrative of recovery from psychological trauma in which recovery is primarily a function of the character's subjective interaction with nature?' The novel, 'The Child Pose', tells the story of a woman's recovery from psychological trauma. The thesis draws on the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan, who saw the human subject as fundamentally split and alienated, and therefore inherently vulnerable to being destabilised by trauma. Situating the narrative of recovery within the emerging fields of ecocriticism and ecopsychology, the research constructs psychological recovery through interaction with nature as a transformation of subjectivity: the creation of a new, more stable and connected kind of subject, which Jordan (2012) has called 'the ecological subject'.

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ID Code: 74767
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Neilsen, Philip & Thomas, Glen
Keywords: Creative writing, ecowriting, ecocriticism, ecopsychology, ecodynamics, ecological psychology, ecology, nonhuman natural world, nature, coastal environments
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 29 Aug 2014 04:36
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2015 00:59

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