Somatic writing: a collection of articles, nonfiction and poetry on the body in motion

Pallant, Cheryl (2021) Somatic writing: a collection of articles, nonfiction and poetry on the body in motion. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/TR42LE68

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This is a PhD by publication based on previously published books and shorter works of poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction. These somatic writings express the relationship between language and the body in ways that encourage readers to reconnect with their own body. My approach to writing is full bodied and draws from an awareness of the many layers of bodily experience, from proprioception, kinaesthesia, interoception, and imaginal and liminal states derived from dance, specifically Contact Improvisation, meditation, Process Work, and other somatic modalities. Working phenomenologically from a lived experience of the body through first-person sensory perception, the central method applied, resulted in breaking with traditional conventions of writing. Reflections include looking at early influences of scoliosis and asthma; writers such as Gertrude Stein, Charles Olsen, Helene Cixous, George Quasha, and Italo Calvino; dancers Carmen Beuchat and Deborah Hay; somatic modalities such as Authentic Movement, Continuum, butoh; and somatic and education theorists such as Don Hanlon Johnson, Sondra Fraleigh, Yuasa Yasuo, Amanda Williamson, Martha Eddy, Arnold Mindell, Howard Gardner, Kazuaki Tanahashi, and others. Areas of investigation include consciousness, liminality, imagination, and embodied spirituality which position somatic writing techniques as being not only an integrative reflective tool but recognizing language and movement of equal and necessary importance. The notion that deep bodily experience can not be captured in words is challenged by a developed somatic intelligence wrought by a nimble attentiveness to combining the languages of writing and movement.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Additional Information: PhD by publication
Uncontrolled Keywords: Somatic writing; Language; Consciousness; Liminality; Imagination; Embodied spirituality; Dance
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR401 Modern > PR481 21st century
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR500 Poetry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creatives
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 09:53
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:54

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