Magik on the Mounds: The (Re) Enchanted Spaces of the House on the Rock
- *Corresponding Author:
- Tess Pierce
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Criminology
Justice and Policy Studies, Communication Program
University of Ontario Institute of Technology Oshawa, ON, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: September 19, 2013; Accepted date: December 17, 2013; Published date: January 14, 2014
Citation: Pierce T, Sweet D (2014) Magik on the Mounds: The (Re) Enchanted Spaces of the House on the Rock. Arts Social Sci J 5: 062. doi: 10.4172/2151-6200.1000062
Copyright: © 2014 Pierce T, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
To explore the intersection of magic, imagination, and place as a buttress against continued disenchantment furthered by an over reliance on rational thought, we turn to the (re)enchanted rhetoric of Starhawk, an eco-feminist peace activist and witch, to analyze the House on the Rock. We focused on the ways in which some rhetorical spaces challenge the postmodern idea of the disenchanting overemphasis on moral perfection, logic, and technological rationalization. Intertwined with cultural and political institutions, disenchanted rhetoric ensnares individuals in stultified existence that eliminates diversity, reifies hierarchy, dismisses creativity, and limits individuality. In positioning the House on the Rock as a rhetorical text we suggest that liminal spaces liberate individuals from the fetters of societal expectations, hierarchies, and institutions, offer a safe vantage point by which to examine conflicting viewpoints, and ultimately blur the distinction between entrenched understandings and new ways of knowing and seeing.