Title of Presentation

Creativity and Religious Forms as Healing


Nell KupperFollow

Date of Presentation


Name of Conference

Perspectives on Creativity Conference

Date of Conference


Location of Conference

Philadelphia, PA

Document Type

Conference Presentation


Modern Languages and Literatures


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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