Medicines of Language: Ecosomatic Poetics and Embodied Practice

Prevallet, Kristin (2022) Medicines of Language: Ecosomatic Poetics and Embodied Practice. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/M5L9H22E

Text (Final thesis)
12719 PREVALLET Kristin (2022) Medicines of Language Ecosomatic Poetics and Embodied Practice_PhD thesis.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License All Rights Reserved.

Download (1MB) | Preview


The aim of this thesis, written to satisfy the degree requirements for a PhD by publication, is to present the theoretical framework, methodologies, findings and impact of my 25 years of research (books, essays, articles, performances and poems published in literary magazines) in order to demonstrate its originality and contribution to the knowledge and practice of Ecosomatic poetics. Through creative and scholarly outputs, my research over the past 25 years has been to demonstrate how language is an embodied field of somatic awareness. Drawing on somatic phenomenology, psychosomatic psychology, and conceptual poetics, this thesis presents the key findings of the research including insights into relationships between poetic language and the innate healing capacities of the bodymind system as it relates to corresponding ecologies. Although it is my hope that this thesis reveals ways that Ecosomatic poetics might contribute to larger methods and philosophies surrounding mental health and somatic healing modalities, I am not attempting to prove or quantify any medical claim or posit any miracle cure in this document. As poet Tyrone Williams writes in his generous impact statement, “Kristin’s writings are the at the forefront of current social, cultural and political movements driven by an understanding that the very notion of the human ‘body,’ and perhaps the human itself, must be rethought, reconceptualized, beyond and above Cartesian dualisms.” Indeed, this thesis and corresponding bibliography posits a poetics of reading and writing in which language itself is conceptualized as medicine, embodiment, and energy.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecosomatic poetics; Poetic language; Mind / body healing
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR1 Literary history and criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR500 Poetry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 10 May 2023 14:21
Last Modified: 23 May 2023 15:03

University Staff: Request a correction | Repository Editors: Update this record

University Of Gloucestershire

Bookmark and Share

Find Us On Social Media:

Social Media Icons Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Pinterest Linkedin

Other University Web Sites

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.