How did celebrated works of art and breakthroughs in science come to be? What was the first inkling? What were the steps and missteps along the way? How was the process experienced by the creative person as it proceeded? And what are the implications for the psychology of the creative process?
Each chapter focuses on a specific creative episode, situating the work in the context of domain, culture, and historical era. Then it traces the development of the work – from what we know of its beginnings to its fulfillment. Qualitative materials – interviews, notebooks, diaries, sketches, drafts and other writings -allow a story of the creative process as lived to emerge. The narratives exemplify established concepts in the psychology of creativity, propose broadening some, reveal the need for modification, and suggest new ones. Application of phenomenological frameworks illuminate the episodes in new ways as well.
The case study approach proves again that each episode is unique, yet themes and variations come into view when the episodes are considered together in a final reflection. From Darwin’s theory to Ron Carter’s novel jazz band sound, here are 11 fascinating stories of how specific works took shape. Psychologists, students interested in creativity, and all those intrigued by the creative process will find this book essential reading.
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