Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorLacey, Felicity
dc.description© 2020 Felicity Lacey
dc.description.abstractThe critical component of this thesis explores the value of poetry as a therapeutic tool in recovery from severe mood episodes and associated suicide attempts in individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Through literary analysis of Shira Erlichman’s Odes to Lithium and Jeanann Verlee’s Said the Manic to the Muse, I suggest that poetry allows a therapeutic space for dynamic reclamation of subjective narrative experiences of bipolar disorder from the medical discourse. Poetic devices such as personification and juxtaposition support the decentralisation of narrative in the subjective dialectic, thus creating scope for the productive tolerance of polarities, fragmentation and disorder. In doing so, poetry can facilitate emotional healing whilst eschewing redemptive narrative arcs. This provides valuable alternate readings and renderings of ‘recovery’ as part of an ongoing management of chronic mental illness which prioritises the experiential perspective, and thereby posits poetic process as a dynamic therapeutic tool in bipolar and attempted suicide contexts. The creative component of this thesis is a collection of poetry exploring my own recovery.en_US
dc.rightsTerms and Conditions: Copyright in works deposited in Minerva Access is retained by the copyright owner. The work may not be altered without permission from the copyright owner. Readers may only download, print and save electronic copies of whole works for their own personal non-commercial use. Any use that exceeds these limits requires permission from the copyright owner. Attribution is essential when quoting or paraphrasing from these works.
dc.subjectcreative writingen_US
dc.subjectliterary analysisen_US
dc.subjectbipolar disorderen_US
dc.subjectattempted suicideen_US
dc.subjectmental health recoveryen_US
dc.title(Re)defining recovery: exploring poetry as a therapeutic tool in recovery from severe mood episodes and associated suicide attempts in bipolar disorderen_US
dc.typeMasters Coursework thesisen_US
melbourne.affiliation.departmentSchool of Culture and Communication
melbourne.thesis.supervisornameKocher, Shari
melbourne.contributor.authorLacey, Felicity
melbourne.accessrightsOnly available to University of Melbourne staff and students, login required

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record