Creativity and Aesthetic Experience in Childhood

  • Marina Assis Pinheiro
Part of the Theory and History in the Human and Social Sciences book series (THHSS)


The present chapter discusses the challenges in conceiving the aesthetic experience at the core of the understanding of the creative process from a developmental perspective. For this reason, this text presents a theoretical problematization from a Bakhtinian ontology concerning aesthetics and human uniqueness in a dialogue with a psychoanalytic approach to corporeality, through a data analysis in which a pair of 13-year-olds were asked to create a comic strip about “a character who goes to a school where nothing is forbidden.” We propose three possible discourse markers signaling the aesthetic–creative dynamics of children’s activity: the body, as enunciated symbolically through characters in the story; dialogues, in the form of displacements and addressing of actions undertaken in the narrative to the otherness; and the ambience/scenario of the story, constructed as metaphors and marked by the ambiguity of meanings, conflicts, and experiences evoked in the course of action.


Aesthetics Creativity Development Corporeality Comic strip 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marina Assis Pinheiro
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFederal University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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