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Genius : History of an Idea - Penelope Murray


History of an Idea


Published: 8th January 1991
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This book explores the history of the idea of genius from its origins in classical antiquity to its deconstruction in postmodernist criticism. Focusing mainly on the creative arts, the book examines certain key points in the development of the idea, and also addresses the problem of what constitutes genius in specific subject areas. Experts in different fields have contributed chapters on literature, art, music, mathematics, philosophy and psychiatry to produce a volume which illuminates an abiding obsession throughout the history of European culture. <p>The contributors to this volume show how the ancient image of the inspired poet and the Renaissance conception of the<i> divino artista</i> both anticipate later notions of genius, developed into the 18th century around the central figures of Homer, Shakespeare and Goethe. Romantic definitions of genius are analysed, as are the implications of Nietzsche's pronouncements on 'human greatness'. The historic conjunction of genius and madness is explored from the early belief in divine possession through the Renaissance notion of melancholy to the age of psychoanalysis.

Poetic genius and its classical origins, Penelope Murray; the "super-artist" as genius - the 16th century view, Martin Kemp; the second Homeric renaissance - allegoresis and genius in early modern poetics, Glenn Most; Shakespeare and original genius, Jonathan Bate; Goethe on genius, Michael Beddow; the emptiness of genius - aspects of Romanticism, Drummond Bone; Nietzsche on genius, Michael Tanner; deconstructing genius - Paul de Man and the critique of Romantic ideology, Christopher Norris; what is musical genius?, Wilfred Mellers; genius in mathematics, Clive Kilmister; genius and mental disorder - a history of ideas concerning their conjunction, Neil Kessel; genius and psychoanalysis - Freud, Jung and the concept of personality, Anthony Storr.

ISBN: 9780631157854
ISBN-10: 0631157859
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 8th January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.74 x 16.07  x 2.09
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1