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On imagination
Ruefle, Mary, 1952- author
Louisville, KY : Sarabande Books, [2017]
""It is impossible for me to write about the imagination; it is like asking a fish to describe the sea," Ruefle announces before proceeding to do just that. Marshaling Wittgenstein, Jane Goodall, Gertrude Stein, Jesus, and Emily Dickinson, alongside Ukrainian Easter egg dyeing traditions and teddy bear tea parties, Ruefle presents a curio cabinet of the human imagination's boundless forms"--
Baker Berry BH301.C84 R84 2017

Creativity and cultural improvisation
edited by Elizabeth Hallam and Tim Ingold
Oxford ; Berg, 2007
Creativity and cultural improvisation : an introduction / Tim Ingold and Elizabeth Hallam -- Improvisation and the art of making things stick / Karin Barber -- Structure, innovation and agency in pattern construction : the Kōlam of southern India / Amar S. Mall -- Creating or performing words? observations on contemporary Japanese calligraphy / Fuyubi Nakamura -- Creativity, subjectivity and the dynamic of possessive individualism / James Leach -- Locating authorship : creativity and borrowing on the writing of ethnography and the production of anthropological knowledge / Elizabeth Cory-Pearce -- Revolution as a convention : rebellion and political change in Kabylia / Judith Scheele -- "You knit me together in my mother's womb" : English Baptists and assisted procreation / Jeanette Edwards -- Performing the world : agency, anticipation and creativity / Kirsten Hastrup -- "Tradition and the individual talent" : T.S. Eliot for anthropologists / Felicia Hughes-Freeland -- Back to the future : temporality, narrative and the ageing self / Catherine Degnen -- From documenting culture to experimenting with cultural phenomena : using fine art pedagogies with visual anthropology students / Amanda Ravetz -- Creativity in advertising, fiction and ethnography / Robey Callahan and Trevor Stack -- (Re)constructing the field through sound : actor-networks, ethnographic representation and "radio elicitation" in south-western Uganda / Richard Vokes -- A world without anthropology / Clara Mafra.

There is no prepared script for social and cultural life. People work it out as they go along. Creativity and Cultural Improvisation casts fresh, anthropological eyes on the cultural sites of creativity that form part of our social matrix. The book explores the ways creative agency is attributed in the graphic and performing arts and in intellectual property law. It shows how the sources of creativity are embedded in social, political and religious institutions, examines the relation between creativity and the perception and passage of time, and reviews the creativity and improvisational quality of anthropological scholarship itself. Individual essays examine how the concept of creativity has changed in the history of modern social theory, and question its applicability as a term of cross-cultural analysis. The contributors highlight the collaborative and political dimensions of creativity and thus challenge the idea that creativity arises only from individual talent and expression.-- Publisher description.
Baker Berry BH301.C84 C734 2007

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