Genius and Madness

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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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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course IDK idk taught by Professor Idk during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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