The Theory of Inspiration by Timothy Clark
Composition as a Crisis of Subjectivity in Romantic and Post-Romantic Writing

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The idea of inspiration as a unique state of mind is now treated as little more than an embarrassment, yet Shelley and other writers often present the process of composition as a state of subjective crisis and transformation. Timothy Clark's book is the first systematic analysis of their accounts and the theory of inspiration. This innovative book reassesses surprising readings of the theory of inspiration in Western poetics since the Enlightenment: the place of mass "enthusiasm" or crowd psychology in Romantic conceptions of inspiration; Hölderin's theory of calculable inspiration; H.D.'s transvaluation of Romantic aesthetics; and the decisive place of Surrealism in the emergence of anti-humanist notions of inspiration in the poetics of Blanchot, Celan, and Derrida.

About Timothy Clark

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Timothy Clark is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the University of Durham Business School. He has written or edited seven previous books including "Managing Consultants "(1995) and has written numerous articles in a range of leading journals. He is also an Assistant Editor of "Human Relations."Robin Fincham is Senior Lecturer at Stirling University. He has written or edited three previous books, including "Principles of Organizational Behaviour "(1999), now in its third edition.
Published August 1, 1997 by Manchester Univ Pr. 312 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction