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Genius and Madness

Genius and Madness - Romantic era • Shakespeare genius in...

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Genius and Madness 01/10/2007 10:00:00 Definition of genius has changed over time Latin- to beget/ greek to come into being o Origin of the word comes from creation Original meaning- born with something watching over you to guide you  through life, a guiding spirit, external diety Ancient greaks believed it was bestowed on a person as a permanent gift by  the gods, or bestowed at birth Temporary inspiration Irrational nature to inspiration(furor poeticus) o Poet as passive receptacle o Inspiration linked to divine madness Poet vs artist Philisopher/poet-> craftsman o Techne- fine arts and crafts o Artists not considered divinely inspired, lower level then thinkers Change of definition Feudalism ending for mercantalism o Valuazation of the individual o Artists and musicians achieved higher status Modern definition- extraordinary innate capacity for imaginative creativity
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Unformatted text preview: Romantic era • Shakespeare: genius in imagination • Break tradition and speak from your heart • Subjectivity and self expression were key in this period o Exoticism popular as well as nature, artist as hero • Music o Dramatic contrasts of mood o Increasing complexity of harmony and key relationships o Breaking of formal conventions ← Art • Art is created by genius • Separate form daily life • Collective- art is practiced by cultures who have no conception of art or genius ← Artists • Higher on strength of ego and self sufficiency scales • Higher intelligence levels • Higher creativity • Mental illness hinders creativity • Rare link between creativity and mental illness • 01/10/2007 10:00:00 ← 01/10/2007 10:00:00 ←...
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  • higher status Modern, Techne fine arts, Higher intelligence levels, self sufficiency scales, formal conventions Art

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