The Poetics of Difference, Emergence, and Relationality
3. The Poetics of Difference
“The need for connection may establish another poetics, some day.”
(Kristeva, 2002, p. 233)
“I want to argue that metaphor is one of the chief agents of our moral nature, and thatthe more serious we are in life, the less we can do without it.” (Ozick, 1989, p. 270)
“If you want to change the world you have to change the metaphor.” (Campbell, 1988)
Ancient cultures around the globe have produced richly varied stories of the creation of the world and of humanity through narratives of weaver goddesses and spider women. These myths of creativity, construction, and cunning emerge in ancient Egypt, Japan, China, Greece, throughout Mesoamerica and in Native American cultures, as well as in Norse, Viking and early European cultures. While these narratives are astoundingly diverse, they all centralize the stories of women, even in the few cultures where men are historically known to be the more dominant weavers. Throughout this book I employ the metaphor of weaving in order to articulate a conceptual design within my theoretical exploration This metaphor suggests a carefully crafted textile made ←57 | 58→up of various threads that rise into view, fall away and become visible again throughout the seven chapters. My intention is that the weaving metaphor itself contributes to a sense of stability in the creative and discursive project I am undertaking by acting as the warp and weft, so to speak, on which I can tie, entwine, twist together and interweave...
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