By Camilla Nelson
A scholarly journal article on the invention of the modern term "creativity" and its history, uses, and misuses. I found the history of the term "creativity" quite interesting; some of the other material was difficult for me to follow because I am unfamiliar with many of the cultural references. - JL
From the abstract:
"Given the recent surge of interest in creativity, it is surprising that from a cultural historical perspective the idea of creativity remains under-examined. Though the products of creativity have spawned a rich and diverse literature- including scholarly studies of both creative individuals and their works - much of this work is concerned with examining the end product of creativity (the finished art object) and its circulation in discourse, rather than the idea or process of creative production itself. Conversely, while the concept of creativity as a psychological and even biological attribute has become an object of intense interest in the cognitive sciences, these scientific approaches to creativity tend to overlook that which is specifically modern, cultural, historical and, indeed, profoundly political in the constitution of their object of inquiry.
"This essay argues that the discourse of creativity is more recent and complex than Williams's hugely influential account allows. The essay also highlights the ways that recent studies undertaken in the context of the creative industries phenomenon have continued to portray the cultural historical narrative as one of increasing perfection."
Published in Cutural Studies Review. The author is on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame (Australia)
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