Creative Collaboration

Paperback | July 24, 2006

byVera John-Steiner

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Rodin's sculpture "The Thinker" dominates our collective imagination as the purest representation of human inquiry--the lone, stoic thinker. But while the Western belief in individualism romanticizes this perception of the solitary creative process, the reality is that scientific and artisticforms emerge from the joint thinking, passionate conversations, emotional connections and shared struggles common in meaningful relationships. In Creative Collaboration, Vera John-Steiner offers rare and fascinating glimpses into the dynamic alliances from which some of our most important scholarlyideas, scientific theories and art forms are born. Within these pages we witness the creative process unfolding in the intimate relationships of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Henry Miller and Anais Nin, Marie and Pierre Curie, Martha Graham and Erick Hawkins, and Georgia O'Keeffe andAlfred Stieglitz; the productive partnerships of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Albert Einstein and Marcel Grossmann, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, and Freeman Dyson and Richard Feynman; the familial collaborations of Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Hubert and Stuart Dreyfus, and Margaret Mead,Gregory Bateson and Mary Catherine Bateson; and the larger ensembles of The Guarneri String Quartet, Lee Strasburg, Harold Clurman and The Group Theater, and such feminist groups as The Stone Center and the authors of Women's Ways of Knowing. Many of these collaborators complemented each other,meshing different backgrounds and forms into fresh styles, while others completely transformed their fields. Here is a unique cultural and historical perspective on the creative process. Indeed, by delving into these complex collaborations, John-Steiner illustrates that the mind--rather thanthriving on solitude--is clearly dependent upon the reflection, renewal and trust inherent in sustained human relationships. Here is a unique cultural and historical perspective on the creative process, and a compelling depiction of the associations that nurtured our most talented artists andthinkers. By delving into these complex, intimate collaborations, John-Steiner illustrates that the mind--rather than thriving on solitude--is clearly dependent upon the dialogue, renewal, and trust inherent in sustained human relationships.

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Rodin's sculpture "The Thinker" dominates our collective imagination as the purest representation of human inquiry--the lone, stoic thinker. But while the Western belief in individualism romanticizes this perception of the solitary creative process, the reality is that scientific and artisticforms emerge from the joint thinking, passi...

Vera John-Steiner has been a leading scholar of creativity and education for over 30 years. Her book, Notebooks of the Mind: Explorations of Thinking, won the 1990 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association. A Professor of Linguistics and Education at the University of New Mexico, she lives in Santa Fe.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.71 inPublished:July 24, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction2. Joined Lives and Shared Work3. Partnerships in Science4. Patterns of Collaboration among Artists5. A Chorus of Voices: Women and Collaboration6. Felt Knowledge: Emotional Dynamics of Collaboration7. Collaboration across Generations8. ConclusionsAppendix: Q-Sort

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"It is becoming increasingly clear that great ideas emerge more from ideas exchanged between people than from solitary introspection. Vera John-Steiner provides a wonderful variety of examples, ranging from the Curies to O'Keeffe and Steiglitz, Sartre and de Beauvoir, Plath and Hughes, toillustrate how creative sparks fly from the meeting of creative minds." --Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow, Creativity and The Evolving Self, and Director of the Quality of Life Research Center at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University