Title of Presentation

Creativity and Religious Forms as Healing

Presenters/Authors

Nell KupperFollow

Date of Presentation

3-2010

Name of Conference

Perspectives on Creativity Conference

Date of Conference

3-2010

Location of Conference

Philadelphia, PA

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Department

Modern Languages and Literatures

Abstract

Many Francophone works are marked with a sense of fragmentation, estrangement, and at times a paralyzing depressive or self-destructive state of the individual, who seeks a sense of unity within the self, as well as a meaningful connection with the other. Julia Kristeva, a Freudian psychotherapist points out that a sense of reconnection and unity can be achieved through religious and artistic forms that bridge the gap between the individual who feels estranged and the surrounding world. Religious and artistic discourse, shared within a particular culture, imposes an imprint of symbols and establishing a symbolic lineage that retrieves meaning and the hope for life.

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