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MYTHOPOESIS OF THE INNER BODY IN CONTEMPORARY WESTERN CULTURE

The Humanities and Social Sciences Review. 2013. Vol. 2. No. 3. P. 563-574.

The present paper focuses on the ways the inner body is represented in contemporary Western Culture. The author analyses current trends and traces the phenomenological line of representation which centers on the subjective experience of embodiment and enables the individual to offer their own interpretational modes and models in order to give sense to their  inner-body experience. Phenomenological representation is carried out in the act of Mythopoesis – a complex cognitive and discursive process which results in the emergence of the Inner Body Mythology. The author aims to reveal the main body myths that are relevant for contemporary Western Culture and more or less distinctly manifest themselves in its macrotext. The paper analyses the sources of different inner body myths and demonstrates their discursive potential for modern literary texts and visual arts. It highlights a high degree of coordination between the Word and the Visual Image in depicting the inner body and demonstrates how different body myths interact and intertwine to suit the discursive intention of the individual.