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CONTENTS Acknowledgements . . . before the beginning Preliminary definitions, overall aims The book in brief PART ONE: WHY CREATIVITY NOW? 1 Creativities old, new and otherwise Creation v. Production Radical aesthetics Re-imaging imagination Inspiration by 'an other' 20th-century problems 21st-century solutions Old reactionary creativity? New progressive creativity? Creativity in many ways 'other-wise' PART TWO: DEFINING CREATIVITY, CREATING DEFINITIONS 2 Defining creativity historically Divine creation from nothing Humanity begins to create imaginatively From creative artists to creative advertising Evolution: natural re-creation from something Creatures: monsters, machines, wo/men 3 Creating definitions theoretically Creativity is ... extra/ordinary original and fitting full-filling in(ter)ventive co-operative un/conscious fe<>male re . . . creation 4 Alternative terms, emerging debates Inspiration and influence, from ecstasy to intertextuality 'Gen-': genius, gender, genetics Emerging complexity play............................................................. game order - - - - - - - - - - - - fold here - - - - - - - - - - - - - chaos PART THREE: CREATION AS MYTH, STORY, METAPHOR 5 Re-creation myths, ancient and modern Kinds of creation, kinds of creator A drop of milk, a word made flesh 'Aboriginal' dream-time Coyote makes 'a BIG mistake' Buddhist origination, Taoist non-being Idealists v. Materialists: universe or multiverse(s) Metamorphoses Cosmic law and order: gods and wo/mankind Babble . . . and Flood . . . . . . back to the Beginning 6 New sciences for old Revolutionary science Big bangs, black holes, bubble baths and soup Futures? Two, three, four . . . cultures Re . . . creation revisited Back to the future twice PART FOUR: CREATIVE PRACTICES, CULTURAL PROCESSES A CRITICAL ANTHOLOGY 7 Rewriting creativity: the case of 'literature' Creativity and constraint 1: shapers, makers and patrons Divine inspiration into political intervention Creativity and constraint 2: sonnets by various hands Play world! Real life drama Re-generating genre: new from old in the novel Chaoses - some critical moments Real Romantic writers Dreams and drugs, from Coleridge to 'Coke' Literature other-wise 8 Transforming culture - an open invitation Collaboration, installation, confrontation Making musics Child's play, grown-up art, or just gaming? Healing: making whole Copying, reproduction, simulation Artificial - artful - intelligences - lives Designs on the future: shaping things to come after the end . . . Further reading by topic Bibliography Index
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Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.).