Title

Ways of coming to knowing through embodied methodologies

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Arts and Humanities

Comments

Originally published as Downing, B (2014). Coming to knowing through embodied methodologies. Outskirts. 32. Article available here.

Abstract

This paper emerges from my doctoral research: Feeling the fleshed body: The aftermath of childhood rape. The most crucial understanding to emerge from my research is that sexual trauma begins, in the first instance, not at a psychological level, as much of the literature asserts, but rather, at the level of the body. This paper, written in two parts, elucidates the contribution a body-focused combined methodological approach made to my rape trauma research by examining two of the three modes of embodied inquiry undertaken for the project: writing-as-inquiry and performance-making-as-inquiry. To help illustrate these methodologies, the paper samples some of my poetic, journal, and performance reflection writing.

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