Collaborative Circles: Friendship Dynamics and Creative Work

Paperback | November 1, 2003

byMichael P. Farrell

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Many artists, writers, and other creative people do their best work when collaborating within a circle of like-minded friends. In a unique study, Michael P. Farrell looks at the group dynamics in six collaborative circles, and gives vivid narrative accounts of each: the French Impressionists; Sigmund Freud and his friends; C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings; social reformers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony; the Fugitive poets; and the writers Joseph Conrad and Ford Maddox Ford.

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Many artists, writers, and other creative people do their best work when collaborating within a circle of like-minded friends. In a unique study, Michael P. Farrell looks at the group dynamics in six collaborative circles, and gives vivid narrative accounts of each: the French Impressionists; Sigmund Freud and his friends; C. S. Lewis,...

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Creative work is rarely done by a lone genius. Artists, writers, scientists and other professionals often do their most creative work when collaborating within a circle of like-minded friends. Experimenting together and challenging one another, they develop the courage to rebel against the established traditions in their field. Working...

Michael P. Farrell is a professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the coauthor of Small Groups Episodes and Men at Midlife.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:November 1, 2003Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226238679

ISBN - 13:9780226238678

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Collaborative Circles and Creative Work

2. The Life Course of a Collaborative Circle:
The French Impressionists

3. Voices in the Circle
The Fugitive Poets in the Formation,
Rebellion, and Quest Stages

4. Creative Work in Collaborative Pairs:
Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford,
and the Rye Circle

5. Instrumental Intimacy in a Collaborative Pair:
Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Fleiss,
and the Early Psychoanalytic Circle

6. Two Sticks of a Drum:
Elizabeth Cady Stranton, Susan B. Anthony,
and the Circle of Ultras

7. Toward a Theory of Collaborative Circles

References
Index