Inventions of the Imagination: Romanticism and Beyond by Richard T. Gray

Inventions of the Imagination: Romanticism and Beyond

EditorRichard T. Gray, Nicholas Halmi, Gary J. Handwerk

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The dialectic between reason and imagination forms a key element in Romantic and post- Romantic philosophy, science, literature, and art. Inventions of the Imagination explores the diverse theories and assessments of this dialectic in essays by philosophers and literary and cultural critics. By the end of the eighteenth century, reason as the predominant human faculty had run its course, and imagination emerged as another force whose contributions to human intellectual existence and productivity had to be newly calculated and constantly recalibrated. The attempt to establish a universal form of reason alongside a plurality of imaginative capacities describes the ideological program of modernism from the end of the eighteenth century to the present day. This collection chronicles some of the vicissitudes in the conceptualization and evaluation of the imagination across time and in various disciplines.

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Richard T. Gray is the Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood professor of Germanics at the University of Washington. Nicholas Halmi is University Lecturer in English Literature of the Romantic Period at the University College, Oxford. Gary J. Handwerk is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Washington. Michael ...
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Title:Inventions of the Imagination: Romanticism and BeyondFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:June 6, 2011Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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The collection as a whole provides ample material for thinking about the epistemic role of the imagination. . . . [I]t makes an important contribution not only to the history of philosophy and the study of romanticism, but also to contemporary questions in hermeneutics, theories of knowledge and aesthetics.

- Dalia Nassar - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews - 2012