Artists All: Creativity, the University, and the World

Paperback | May 11, 2005

byBurton Raffel

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Basic human drives—curiosity, passion, the need to provide shape and structure, the excitement of discovery—underlie all human creativity. Different minds and sensibilities necessarily focus on different aspects of human experience. However, in our educational systems and professional lives, we give undue and untrue emphasis to our differences rather than to our similarities. In Artists All Burton Raffel demonstrates that the creative force in the natural and social sciences is essentially the same as the creative energies of the arts; that the arts and aesthetic experiences frequently inspire insight in scientists and sociologist; that the arts themselves, though mutually untranslatable, share a deep unity; that disciplinary boundaries and divisions can frequently stunt creativity; that "what we chose to call artistic creativity is nothing more or less than the heightened engagement of human beings with themselves, their fellows, and their environment"; and that there is always "a link between what artists produce and their stance toward their society's place and posture in the world."

When used to define intellectual disciplines, the very word Interdisciplinary is a misnomer, almost a contradiction in terms, Raffel contends, because it implies boundaries rather than interconnectedness and interrelationships. Since it is his own primary concern, Raffel uses literature as a touchstone, analyzing its relationships with social science, natural science, music, and the visual arts. He then provides practical recommendations, addressed to the academic community as a whole, about ways of restructuring universities to reflect functioning interdisciplinary realities rather than convenient but artificial and seriously constrictive disciplinary boundaries. Written with humor and sensitivity, Artists All makes a significant contribution to current thinking about higher education.

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Basic human drives—curiosity, passion, the need to provide shape and structure, the excitement of discovery—underlie all human creativity. Different minds and sensibilities necessarily focus on different aspects of human experience. However, in our educational systems and professional lives, we give undue and untrue emphasis to our dif...

Burton Raffel is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette. He is the author of The Art of Translating Poetry (Penn State,1988), How to Read a Poem (1984), and T.S. Eliot (1982, 1991) and translator of Beowulf (1963), Chrétien de Troyes's Yvain (1987), and Rabelais's Gargantua and Pant...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:172 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:May 11, 2005Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271027282

ISBN - 13:9780271027289

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Artists All is a spirited defense—against specialization, materialism, and relative philistinism of the contemporary academic marketplace—of the ideals and conceptions of post-enlightenment art and esthetics, of artistic individuality and the essentially modern idea of originality.”

—Frederick Turner, University of Texas, Dallas