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'Soma and its production are twins' The formative understanding of literature and Formative work with poetry

Type: Journal

Article title : 'Soma and its production are twins' The formative understanding of literature and Formative work with poetry

Author: Kummer, Ir

Year: 2007
Journal: USABP Journal
Vol : Issue 6 : 1
Pages: 137-157


The various aspects of the formative point of view of art are elaborated, in particular the parallel between the artist creating works of art and the human being who is forming himself. Stanley Keleman, the founder of formative psychology, describes the forming of oneself as 'self-poem.' In this sense, myths - similar to dreams - are understood as 'script[s] for bodying.' Thus, myths can be 'borrowed,' by means of which these layers may be incorporated. In turn, these embodied layers desire to be differentiated and made personal by applying the Bodying practice. Within this framework a Formative somatopoetology may be developed, which helps grasp the various layers of literature as a 'body'. consisting of different anatomical structures pulsatory patterns. In the same way, the form of a work of art, as well as the reception of art, asre interpreted in a Formative way. This results in a multilayered co-bodying, a reorganization, a rewriting of literary works of art, which also redefines the meaning and function of art. As a conclusion, one may grasp that the somatic approach, situated between the field of literature and psychology, offers a new insight into literature and psychology. By applying the Formative somatice approach, one may contribute, at the same time, to literature and psychology and even combines these fields within a new framework, called Formative Psychology.


Author's institution: USABP
Contact: irenekummer@bluewin.ch
Language: English
Country origin: Switzerland

Entry number: 3478
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Entry source: Courtenay Young
Entered by: Courtenay Young
Entry date: 2 March 2008

Key Phrases: Formative Understanding - MStanley Keleman - Somatopoetology - Bodying - Literary Body - Psychology - Literature - German Literature - Paul Celan - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Eduard Moerike - Art - Myths
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