THE CREATIVE IMAGINATION by Hendrik M.- Ed. Ruitenbeek


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The companion volume to The Literary Imagination. and another equally brilliant and incisive anthology., However, since it is concerned with creativity in the broad sense, as it relates to psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, it is largely theoretical in nature. As such it does not quite possess the excitement nor quality of ""human interest"" the previous collection's discussions of literary figures engendered. Moreover, the essays, stylistically speaking, are a bit uneven. Ernst Kris' highly influential reflections on the imagination and the psychic order of ""inspiration,"" John Rickman's unusually perceptive account of the relationship between ugliness and creativity, Rollo May's and Charles Hulbeck's sober ventures in the fashionable field of ""existential"" development, Melanie Klein's pioneer work in infantile anxiety, and Otto Rank's celebrated ""Life and Creation""- these seem to be the bright points of the collection. Other papers investigate the realm of aesthetics and the psychology of the artist, the libidinal phase, creative dance in therapy, aspects of ego psychology, and finally Antonia Wenkhart's philosophically geared ""Creativity and Freedom.

Publisher: Quadrangle