Speaking the bitter truth: The role of the creative imagination in the process of healing

Mallan, Kerry M. (2017) Speaking the bitter truth: The role of the creative imagination in the process of healing. In Hassel, Holly & Clasen, Tricia (Eds.) Gender(ed) Identities: Critical Rereadings of Gender in Children's and Young Adult Literature. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), New York.

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Abstract

This chapter is concerned with the complexity and difficulty of truth telling as it is played out in two graphic novels: Stitches: A Memoir (Small 2009) and Why We Broke Up (Handler & Kalman, 2011). These texts establish a link between creative imagination and pain as the central protagonists come to see the therapeutic value of literature and film in helping them understand the complex emotional worlds they inhabit and the bitter truths about love and relationships. The discussion examines how these texts privilege a particular kind of independent subjectivity through aesthetic creation and appropriation. It also considers how speaking and silence are co-present elements in gender relations and each has its part to play in the double process of suffering and healing.

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ID Code: 87723
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: children's literature, girls, gender, sexuality
ISBN: 9781138913035
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Gender Sexuality and Education (130308)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Literary Studies not elsewhere classified (200599)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2015 22:30
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 04:55

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