The Creative Imagination: Enlightenment to Romanticism James Engell

ISBN: 9781583484180

Published: September 1st 1999

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440 pages


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The Creative Imagination: Enlightenment to Romanticism  by  James Engell

The Creative Imagination: Enlightenment to Romanticism by James Engell
September 1st 1999 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 440 pages | ISBN: 9781583484180 | 10.56 Mb

In a work of astonishing intellectual range, James Engell traces the evolution ofthe creative imagination, from its emergence in British empirical thought through its flowering in Romantic art and literature.The notion of a creative imagination,MoreIn a work of astonishing intellectual range, James Engell traces the evolution ofthe creative imagination, from its emergence in British empirical thought through its flowering in Romantic art and literature.The notion of a creative imagination, Engell shows, was the most powerful and important development of the eighteenth century.

It grew simultaneously in literature, criticism, philosophy, psychology, religion, and science, attracting such diverse minds as Hobbes, Addison, Gerard, Goethe, Kant, and Coleridge. Indeed, rather than discussing merely the abstract notion of the imagination, Engell examines the community of thinkers, especially in England and Germany, who joined to pursue and develop what became the most fascinating and suggestive concept of modern Western thought.

For as the imagination became the dominant subject of literature, its meanings multiplied. Finally it came to be seen as the crown of artistic creation and as the mediator in the ongoing dialectic between matter and spirit, materialism and transcendentalism.



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