Informed by the Goddess: explicating a processual methodology

Bacon, J. (2019) Informed by the Goddess: explicating a processual methodology. In: Spiritual Herstories: Call of the soul in Dance Research. Intellect Press, Bristol UK. ISBN 9781789380828

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This is a self-reflexive approach to practice-as-research in dance and performance that draws on what Jungian Scholar and feminist Susan Rowland calls a “Jungian goddess feminism” which is a kind of “experiment in the imagination” (2002, p.48). This methodological and feminist approach is based on previous research into ‘authentic movement’ (Adler, 2002). The article sets out a methodological approach and style of writing for practice as research that embraces and reconfigures ‘the goddess myth’ by embracing subjectivity for its value that is comparable and yet different to rationality. There are personal reflections, exercises for the reader and a theoretical frame braided throughout the article. Through this Bacon reflects on her doctoral studies to question why the emerging ‘spiritual’ aspects apparent in herself through her engagement with her fieldsite were not explored more deeply. A post-Jungian feminist frame of reference enables both a reconfiguring of essentialist readings of ‘goddess’ as well as a theoretical space where spirituality is named, embraced and from which new understandings for practice-as-research in dance and performance can emerge.

Publication Type: Book Sections
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spirituality, goddess, practice-as-research, Jungian, belly dance, feminism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV1580 Dance > GV1782.5 Choreography
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX165 Psychological aspects
Divisions: Academic Areas > Department of Dance
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Depositing User: Jane Bacon
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 13:28
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2021 14:43

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