Creativity: Psychoanalysis, Surrealism and Creative Writing

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Melbourne University Press, 1998 - Psychology - 263 pages
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Is creativity a therapeutic, culturally enriching and health-giving pursuit, or is it an outpouring of darkly unconscious, neurotically dangerous material? What have been some of the important modern influences on our assumptions and ideas about creativity? Using a fascinatingly varied but beautifully controlled blend of approaches, Kevin Brophy places the creative writer and artist within a modern history of arguments over questions of creativity. He discusses creativity as a social-cultural practice, presenting creativity as a historical, political and inevitably compromised practice which must always be in dispute. In a world where creative writing is becoming institutionalised through university courses, he argues for the importance of continuing instability, theoretical sophistication and unsettled differences over what creativity is.

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Contents

A Short Story
48
Psychoanalysis and Surrealism
112
Lacan Psychoanalysis Surrealism
150
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Kevin Brophy teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Replies to the Questionnaire on Love and Seeing Things. His novel Visions was shortlisted for the 1988 Vogel Prize.

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