The Collective Imagination explores the social foundations of the human imagination. In a lucid and wide-ranging discussion, Peter Murphy looks at the collective expression of the imagination in our economies, universities, cities, and political systems, providing a tour-de-force account of the power of the imagination to unite opposites and find similarities among things that we ordinarily think of as different. It is not only individuals who possess the power to imagine; societies do as well. A compelling journey through various peak moments of creation, this book examines the cities and nations, institutions and individuals who ply the paraphernalia of paradoxes and dialogues, wry dramaturgy and witty expression that set the act of creation in motion. Whilst exploring the manner in which, through the media of pattern, figure, and shape, and the miracles of metaphor, things come into being, Murphy recognises that creative periods never last: creative forms invariably tire; inventive centres inevitably fade. The Collective Imagination explores the contemporary dilemmas and historic pathos caused by this-as cities and societies, periods and generations slip behind in the race for economic and social discovery. Left bewildered and bothered, and struggling to catch up, they substitute empty bombast, faded glory, chronic dullness or stolid glumness for initiative, irony, and inventiveness. A comprehensive audit of the creativity claims of the post-modern age - that finds them badly wanting and looks to the future - The Collective Imagination will appeal to sociologists and philosophers concerned with cultural theory, cultural and media studies and aesthetics.
Part of the Literature Criticism Online series, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism brings together critical essays, reviews and other critical responses representing a range of views on 20th-century authors, their works and related topics across all genres and all areas of the world.
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Poetry recreates, not merelyrecounts.
Readers of a poem should not just recognize or understand the feelingor idea the poet is treating; they should experience it.
T. S. Eliot praised Arnold's objective approach to critical evaluation, particularly his tools of comparison and analysis, and Allen Tate in his essay Tension in Poetry imitates Arnold's touchstone method to discover 'tension', or the proper balance between connotation and denotation, in poetry. These new critics have come a long way from the Romantic approach to poetry, and this change in attitude could be attributed to Arnold, who comes midway between the two schools.
Summary: This resource will help you begin the process of understanding literary theory and schools of criticism and how they are used in the academy.
, 1988: Poetry and letters. A.R. Ammons, William Stafford, Douglas Blazek, Dave Etter, Dick Bakken, David Hilton, Peter Wild, Will Inman, Warren Woessner, Denise Levertov, Donald Schenker, Laura Boss, Mary Crow, Ivan Argüelles, D.R. Wagner, Tomasz Jastrum, Daniel Bourne, David Clewell, Simon Perchik, D. Nurske, Sam Grolmes, Mark Vinz, and more. 80 pages, rare. $20 $3 (standard) or $5 (expedited) shipping
, 1987: Poetry, poetry in translation, reviews, and essays. Roger Mitchell, Mary Crow, Roberta Hill Whiteman, Susan Firer, Kent Taylor, Achy Obejas, Rawdon Tomlinson, Ivan Argüelles, Christina Zawadiwsky, Ken McCullough, Steve Borst, Anselm Parlatore, Albert Huffstickler, Richard Slota; Homero Aridjis, Antonio Machado, and Pablo Antonio Cuardo (trans. by joel zeltzer), José Emilio Pacheco (trans. by John Oliver Simon), and more. 104 pages, rare. $20 $3 (standard) or $5 (expedited) shipping
, 1986: Poetry, fiction, and reviews. Achy Obejas, John Perlman, Franz Douskey, Ivan Argüelles, Gerald Locklin, Kent Taylor, A.D. Winans, Rawdon Tomlinson, Lee Ballintine, Lyn Lifshin, Diane Glancy, Maurice Kenny, Douglas Blazek, Kent Taylor, Walter McDonald, John Minczeski, B.Z. Niditch, William Witherup, and more. 80 pages, $10 $3 (standard) or $5 (expedited) shipping
, 1985: Poetry, poetry in translation, reviews, and letters. Roberta Hill Whiteman, Theresa Pappas, ivan argüelles, Carol Bergé, Robert Schuler, Antler, Thomas R. Smith, patrick mckinnon, Marine Robert Warden, Barry Silesky, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Yves Bonnefoy (trans. by Lisa Sapinkoph), and more. 80 pages. $20 $3 (standard) or $5 (expedited) shipping
Aristotle defined tragedy as the “imitation of action according to the “law of probability or necessity” (“Outline of Aristotle's Theory of Tragedy.")....
, 1984: Poetry, poetry in translation, essay, reviews, and letters. Jane Blue, Douglas Blazek, todd moore, C.W. Truesdale, David Chorlton, karl kempton, Michael Andre, Elizabeth Rees, Felix Pollak, John Oliver Simon, Andrei Codrescu, Janet Gray, Joseph Bruchac, Siv Arb, and more. 120 pages. $10 $3 (standard) or $5 (expedited) shipping
Euripides 'Medea', a Greek tragedy written with partial adherence to the Aristotelian rules, explores the continuation of the ancient Greek tales surrounding the mythology of Medea, Princess of Colchis, and granddaughter of Helios, the sun god, with heartlessness to rival the infamous Circe....
Some of these rules date back to Aristotle, who set down some rules for classical drama in his Poetics, a collection of class notes in which Aristotle attempted "to treat of Poetry in itself and of its various kinds" (1028)....