WMST 101 - oct 12 creativity

WMST 101 - oct 12 creativity - Women have creative guilt...

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October 12, 2010 Women and Creativity-Creating A Wave In The Mind WMST 101 Professor Berger What is Creativity? What makes women create? What do they create? To synthesize, come up with new ideas What is it? o Vitality o Innovation – creativity is not just products and processes. It is both tangible and intangible o Women have been devalued in each of these categories o Deepest empowerment o Alice Walker: survival mechanism Broader concept of creativity (Freedman) Freedman Women excluded and when participated women are lesser Women challenge good and creative work o Bring in personal work Spends time on language Literature of women judged outside importance Who gets to analyze what is great? Feminist arts movement o The context that women bring into the creative realm Gender and Creativity Western “creative” mythology is modeled upon the male experience – male genius is both model and ideal Women could not join academic or draw nude male bodies
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Unformatted text preview: Women have creative guilt because not taking care of others External barriers Lack of role models Financial access Social support Internal barriers Selfish v self. Focused Perfectionism Express more doubt about ability and criticize themselves more Ambivalence Go against the grain Virginia Woolf/Alice Walker Woolf: how is a society telling woman to act? Fictional narrator talking about the role of women in literature, what is written about women doesnt match womens experiences o Relationship between economics and independence o 1929 makes US think about responsibilities Walker: o How did African women keep creativity when they did event hold own selves? o Holds space for our mothers garden? o *Guilty o When people go oppressed, where does creativity go? Who does she think she is? Tensions between motherhood and creativity...
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course WMST 101 taught by Professor Burns during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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