Invented Worlds (häftad)
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Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
448
Utgivningsdatum
1985-07-01
Upplaga
New ed
Förlag
Harvard University Press
Illustrationer
63 halftones, 62 line illustrations, 5 musical exmaples
Dimensioner
254 x 184 x 31 mm
Vikt
861 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
WORKSHEET
ISBN
9780674463615
Invented Worlds (häftad)

Invented Worlds

The Psychology of the Arts

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Cave paintings of our prehistoric ancestors, elaborate ritual dances of preliterate tribesmen, long lines at the movies, earnest scribbles of the three-year-old next door-evidence of human preoccupation with art is everywhere, and it is overwhelming. But unlike other human universals-language, tool use, the family-art makes no material contribution to mankind's survival. What impels the artist to the lonely effort at self-expression? What moves the audience to resonate to the work of a master? What accounts for the child's inherent fascination with pictures and stories and songs? These questions are among the deepest we can ask about human nature. Freud deemed some of them forever unanswerable, but modern psychology has made new inroads into these old mysteries. Invented Worlds provides a complete, authoritative account of this progress. Dealing with the three major art forms-painting, music, and literature-Ellen Winner shows how the artist fashions a symbolic world that transforms the experience of the observer. She probes the adult's ability to create and respond to works of art. In addition, she examines children's art for what it can reveal about the artistic impulse before adult convention becomes a shaping force. Finally, in order to reach a better understanding of the biological bases of artistry, Winner discusses the art of the mentally disturbed and the neurologically impaired patient. The sum of these discussions is more than an up-to-date handbook to the field; it is nothing less than a new synthesis of our understanding of man's artistic nature. Written with admirable clarity, Invented Worlds is a book that can be used by professionals and students in psychology, education, and the arts, as well as anyone with reason to be curious about the processes that underlie the creation and enjoyment of art.
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Ellen Winner draws together a vast array of research on creativity...The interested reader will find here an encyclopedia of issues in the field and an analysis of what is still unknown. Psychology Today Knowledgeable, useful, and up-to-date...This is the most refreshingly readable book in psychology I have come across in a very long time. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism Ellen Winner's handsomely printed Invented Worlds does us all a tremendous favor by combining the two hitherto separate fields of the psychology and the developmental psychology of the arts in a general descriptive accounting. Studies in Visual Communication [T]here has not been such a book in years...[and] this book is exremely good. I would not be surprised if it became the standard text for courses on the psychology of art...Winner takes widely scattered studies and weaves them together very nicely, always keeping the theoretical issues clear. Contemporary Psychology

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Ellen Winner is Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard University. She is also the author of Gifted Children: Myths and Realities.

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Introduction: The Puzzle of Art 1. Personality and Intellect 1. The Artist 2. The Audience 2. Painting 3. What's in a Picture? 4. The Untutored Eye? 5. The Development of Drawing 3. Music 6. The Sounds of Music 7. The Innovent Ear 8. The Birth of Song 4. Literature 9. The Literary Experience 10. Once upon a Time 11. First Drafts 5. Art and Abnormality 12. The Damaged Brain 13. Mental Illness Epilogue: Solving the Puzzle of Art Illustration Sources References Index