Creativity: Psychoanalysis, Surrealism and Creative Writing

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Melbourne University Press, 1998 - Psychology - 263 pages

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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About the author (1998)

Professor Kevin Brophy is Professor of Creative Writing in the school of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. A widely published writer of stories, poems and articles, he co-founded and edited the vibrant literary magazine Going Down Swinging. Kevin's books include the poetry collections Replies to the Questionnaire on Love (1992) and Seeing Things (1997), and three novels, of which Visions was short-listed for the 1988 Vogel Prize. He was 2005 recipient of the Martha Richardson Medal for Poetry.

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