Lecture: The Re-Emergence of the Fierce Young Feminine Warrior in Film and Literature
ELIZABETH EOWYN NELSON, Ph.D., with MARILYN MATTHEWS, M.D.
In the last two decades, erce young women have taken center stage in their own stories, no longer content to be accommodating sidekicks to a strong male protagonist. The activation of an ancient archetypal pattern, the female warrior, is on display in Game of Thrones, Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and the Hunger Games, all of which have commanded critical attention and earned billions of dollars. Dr. Nelson will show images of these female warriors to demonstrate how the protagonists discover an embodied sense of their own power, celebrate their capacity for action, and dedicate themselves to causes that matter. This sweeping change in the contemporary fairy tale—in which she is the central character around which the entire plot revolves, it is her fate that matters, and it is her own power she must understand and develop—has profound psychological meaning for all women, regardless of age. When represented in a young woman (as it often is), the female warrior suggests the vitality associated with youth and also the jouissance of the crone. She is powerful, alluring, and necessary for the next step in human evolution.
Workshop: An In-Depth Exploration of the Vitality and Power of the Female Warrior
In this workshop Dr. Nelson will lead us in discerning the important differences between power as domination and the power of leadership, authority, and influence. As we watch film clips, we will explore how power—which is first and foremost an internal, embodied resource—helps people stand up for themselves and their values. Finally, we will discuss the situations and circumstances which can call forth and develop authentic power and dissolve rigid gender roles. Dr. Nelson will bring to our attention the need to remember something that patriarchal cultures have intentionally forgotten: the original powers of the ancestral feminine. It is time to remember, and to explore the various kinds of power women can and should exercise in a desperately wounded world.
Elizabeth Eowyn Nelson, Ph.D., is a psychologist of the soul by training and inclination. She serves as core faculty and Dissertation Policy Director at Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, California, where she has been teaching since 2003. Dr. Nelson’s own research interests focus on Jung’s concept of the shadow, gender, and power with a particular interest in how women discover and express a vibrant, embodied authority. Her books include Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power (Chiron, 2012), and The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective, (third expanded edition, Spring Publications, 2017), coauthored with Joseph Coppin.
Marilyn Matthews, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst practicing in Santa Fe. She has had a long- standing interest in women’s silence/women’s voices and has published a number of papers on this theme.
Lecture (will be held as scheduled)
Friday, January 11, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $10
2 CEUs or 2 Cultural CEUs
(+$10 surcharge for CEUs)
Saturday, January 12, 2019
9 am - 4:30 pm $80
6 CEUs or 6 Cultural CEUs
Center for Spiritual Living
505 Camino de los Marquez,
For information contact
Marilyn Matthews 505-660-9134