Patterns of Creativity: Investigations into the sources and methods of creativity by Kevin Brophy

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October 2010, no. 325
Jane Goodall reviews 'Patterns of Creativity: Investigations into the sources and methods of creativity' by Kevin Brophy

Patterns of Creativity: Investigations into the sources and methods of creativity

by Kevin Brophy

Rodopi Press, $58 pb, 204 pp

Patterns of Creativity: Investigations into the sources and methods of creativity by Kevin Brophy

Reviewed by
October 2010, no. 325

In his conclusion to this book, Kevin Brophy states a key principle of creative composition: ‘to be responsive to what happens, what is thrown into the mind, what one comes upon.’ This is at once a statement of advice for an artist at work, and a theoretical proposition.

Through the course of the ten essays that make up the volume, Brophy develops a hypothesis about the kinds of brain function involved in creativity and, in particular, the role of consciousness in relation to other mental and sensory forms of intelligence. Without drawing the terms ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ into play – a great relief to those of us who have grown weary of that inevitable binary – he suggests that the work of an artist or writer may be facilitated by an exploratory interest in the operations of consciousness.

Jane Goodall reviews 'Patterns of Creativity: Investigations into the sources and methods of creativity' by Kevin Brophy

Patterns of Creativity: Investigations into the sources and methods of creativity

by Kevin Brophy

Rodopi Press, $58 pb, 204 pp

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