The Wounded Woman

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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I associate to the images I create. Looking at what I perceived as holes in this figure’s chest, I thought about all the wounded souls seeking recovery and compassion in our chaotic world. Since that is a very global subject, I thought of focusing on one of my favorite and prolific writers, Linda Leonard whose latest book is “The Wounded Woman.” Her book, “Meeting the Madwoman” is a richly evocative study by Leonard, a Jungian analyst who posits the existence of a madwoman archetype. The image appears frequently in women’s dreams, according to Leonard ( The Wounded Women: Healing the Father and Daughter Relationship ). She makes a good case that the madwoman is a messenger, metaphor and model who points the way to women’s liberation. The author encourages women to acknowledge their own madwoman in order to transform themselves. She intriguingly redefines many female stereotypes—The Dark Muse, The Recluse, The Bag Lady, The Visionary, The Caged Bird—in relation to the archetype. What is especially interesting here are the examples from famous women, literature, films and Leonard’s own patients. The most remarkable include Camille Claudel, Alma Mahler, Maria Callas, Rosa Luxemburg and Rachel Carson—as well as the imaginary Medea, Mrs. Bridges, Blue Angel and Thelma and Louise. Leonard also shows how some of the real women she writes about were influenced by the fictional or mythical women. In this work, she provides a new perspective on how women can break out of culturally imposed roles. She believes that feminine madness entraps women in traditional, patriarchal roles, keeping creativity captive to repressed anger and fear.
Leonard uses more examples than theorizing to make complex Jungian concepts understandable, accounting for her readability and popularity.
Her understanding of feminine psychology is a revelation to men and an
inspiration for woman. It encourages all of us to break the bitter cycle. What is important is that her intent is not to separate the sexes, but to chart paths toward psychological transformation to promote fulfilling and caring relationships that honor the mutuality and the uniqueness of the sexes.
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Recommended Books by Linda Schierse Leonard
On the Way to the Wedding
Witness to the Fire
Meeting the Madwoman:Empowering the Feminine Spirit
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