Genius: History of an Idea (Hardback)
  • Genius: History of an Idea (Hardback)
zoom

Genius: History of an Idea (Hardback)

(author)
£32.99
Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 29/08/1989
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
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.The contributors to this volume show how the ancient image of the inspired poet and the Renaissance conception of the divino artista 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.

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 9780631157854
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 235 x 165 x 22 mm

You may also be interested in...

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.