Redefinition, restoration, resilience

Drama therapy for healing and social transformation

Authored by: Warren Nebe

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138829725
eBook ISBN: 9781315728537
Adobe ISBN: 9781317543213


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Annie Dillard, with her deft ability to describe everyday reality tells, in An American Childhood (1987), a story about a moth. Her teacher had placed a cocoon in a glass mason jar. The mason jar sat on the teacher’s desk where the big moth emerged. ‘The moth had clawed a hole in its hot cocoon’, supported by the jar as in a womb, ‘and crawled out’, ready to take its place in the world (1987, p. 160). Dillard says:

A smaller moth could have spread its wings to their utmost in that mason jar, but the Polyphemus moth was big. Its gold furred body was almost as big as a mouse. Its brown, yellow, pink and blue wings would have extended six inches from tip to tip, but the jar was simply too small. The moth could not open its wings.

(1987, p. 161)

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