Every Page Should Explode: A Genealogy of Romantic and Post-Romantic Theory of Creativity
From Francois Villon to Jay-Z, this book looks at the topic of creativity, and through the theories of several writers, poets, composers, painters initially reflecting Romanticism, and then moving on to Post-Modernism, Hip-Hop, and other schools. Creativity. It’s a word that gets kicked around a lot these days. From the boardroom to the classroom, we are being asked to make do with less, the same time we are expected to come up with ideas and projects that are original, unique, and striking. Yet for centuries, artists, writers, poets, and composers, have been exploring this topic along- side of their chosen craft. This book looks at the various letters, manifestos, theories, and works of art that creative spirits ranging from poet Emily Dickinson to composer Charles Ives have left regarding their approach to creativity, a word that has a lot of currency but little definition today.
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Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Illinois.
Professor of Humanities, Humanities, Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Kenneth DiMaggio is a Professor of Humanities at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. He recently attended a week-long seminar sponsored by the National Endowment of the Humanities, titled, “Along the Shore, Exploring Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront” where he studied and explored the post-industrial transformation of Brooklyn’s waterfront, ranging from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Coney Island. He has also had several academic articles published, reflecting his interest in theory of creativity, religion and the arts, and marginalized arts groups or artists. His most recent article (published by the International Conference of the Image sponsored by Common Ground Publishing) is titled “’All Artists Feel, But Not All Artists Feel Well.’ The Possibilities of Looking at Literature as Art Brut or Outsider Art.” Mr. DiMaggio is also a poet, and has poems published in Plainsongs, The Sierra Nevada Review, Italian Americana, Floyd County Moonshine, Down in the Dirt, and other publications. He also has a chapbook of poetry titled American Gothics published by Darkling Publications. Finally, Mr. DiMaggio is an avid traveler, having visited more remote places such as Timbuktu in Mali, and a fishing village in Greenland. Recently, he completed a 9-day tour of the Gobi desert in Mongolia, and looks forward to exploring Nepal in the near future.
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