Unformatted text preview: goes through to create a story. Her ritual involves “watching a movie,” if you will, in her head, and then translating this to words. She talks about how this unveiling of unconscious thoughts often is challenging for her because they are often repressed traumatic experiences. This uncovering of traumatic experiences previously lodged in the unconscious is very similar to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, which states that there are three levels of conscious and that traumatic events that would cause too much anxiety if the person was aware of them are stored away in the unconscious and can only be exposed through therapy, In a way, Anzaldua’s ritual of writing is therapy to her. Through writing alone she is able to expose these traumatic events. She says that reconstructing the traumatic images gives them meaning and through this process she can make sense of them. The writing heals her in the same way that therapy can heal someone....
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- Spring '08
- Cultural Anthropology, Borderlands La Frontera