Folded in on yourself in this way you become: A liminal-autobiographical map of healing from child abuse

Author: Threasa Meads

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Meads, Threasa, 2015 Folded in on yourself in this way you become: A liminal-autobiographical map of healing from child abuse, Flinders University, School of Humanities and Creative Arts

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This intuitive, practice-led creative writing PhD navigates, maps, and interrogates the complex and shifting terrain of my ongoing journey of healing from child abuse.

Interdisciplinary and transpersonal in its research focus, this thesis engages with key seminal works to trace the lines of thought across the topic areas of trauma, ekphrasis, magical realism and life writing/creative nonfiction, and presents the findings in such a way as to show synthesis between both creative and critical modes of research practice. This is my woven intuitive practice-led research journey made textual, transparent, for peer review and examination. This is a model of practice-led research.

Keywords: Practice-led research, transpersonal research methods, transformative research, intuitive inquiry, trauma, child abuse, healing, post traumatic stress disorder, post traumatic growth, visual art practice, ekphrasis, creative writing, creative nonfiction, life writing, memoir, lyric essay, liminal, labyrinth, magical realism, limits of autobiography, Wendy Faris, Leigh Gilmore, Julie Gregory, Lawrence Calhoun, Richard Tedeshi, Suzette Henke, Victor Turner, Judith Herman, Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud.

Subject: Creative Arts thesis

Thesis type: Doctor of Philosophy
Completed: 2015
School: School of Humanities and Creative Arts
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Kate Douglas