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From the 'mad' poet to the 'embodied' poet: reconceptualising creativity through cognitive science paradigms

Takolander, Maria 2015, From the 'mad' poet to the 'embodied' poet: reconceptualising creativity through cognitive science paradigms, Text: journal of writing and writing courses, vol. 19, no. 2, Special Issue 32, pp. 1-17.

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Title From the 'mad' poet to the 'embodied' poet: reconceptualising creativity through cognitive science paradigms
Author(s) Takolander, MariaORCID iD for Takolander, Maria orcid.org/0000-0003-0698-1594
Journal name Text: journal of writing and writing courses
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Season Special Issue 32
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Place of publication Sydney, N. S. W.
Publication date 2015-10-02
Keyword(s) Theorising creativity
Creativity
Science
Summary  Written by the author of three collections of poetry, this paper contests the enduring stereotype of the ‘mad’ poet, present in Romantic, psychoanalytic and psychological theories of creativity. Mobilising theories of embodied cognition, it offers a demystified and de-pathologised vision of poiesis and poetry. The paper focuses on three traits typically associated with the ‘mad’ poet in popular representations and theoretical understandings of that figure: extreme emotionality; divergent thinking; and a tortured unconscious. Using findings in the cognitive sciences, the essay demonstrates how emotional experience, divergent thinking, and the unconscious are integral parts of brain functioning, rather than traits exclusive to psychopathology. Poiesis is not informed, in any essential way, by madness but rather by the normal conditions of embodied cognition.
Language eng
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079342

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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