The Artist as Original Genius

Shakespeare's "fine Frenzy" in Late-eighteenth-century British Art

The Artist as Original Genius

This book examines the first generation of artists in Britain to define themselves as history painters, attempting what then was considered to be art's most exalted category. Seizing on the new critical discourse of original genius as championed in new books such as Edward Young's Conjectures on Original Composition of 1759, they rejected tradition in favor of looking to "the god within." In reconfiguring the nature of history painting, they went on to redefine the role of the artist as well. In doing so, they heralded the beginnings of the Romantic movement.

The Reflector

A Quarterly Magazine, on Subjects of Philosophy, Politics, and the Liberal Arts

The Reflector


When Clothes Become Fashion

Design and Innovation Systems

When Clothes Become Fashion

When, how and why do clothes become fashion? Fashion is more than mere clothing. It is a moment of invention, a distillation of desire, a reflection of a zeitgeist. It is also a business relying on an intricate network of manufacture, marketing and retail. Fashion is both medium and message but it does not explain itself. It requires language and images for its global mediation. It develops from the prescience of the designer and is dependent on acceptance by observers and wearers alike. When Clothes Become Fashion explores the structures and strategies which underlie fashion innovation, how fashion is perceived and the point at which clothing is accepted or rejected as fashion. The book provides a clear theoretical framework for understanding the world of fashion - its aesthetic premises, plurality of styles, performative impulses, social qualities and economic conditions.

PERSONAL POWER (All 12 Volumes)

Development, Cultivation & Manifestation of Personal Powers: Creative - Your Constructive Forces, Desire - Your Energizing Forces, Spiritual Power - The Infinite Fount, Positive Individuality and more

PERSONAL POWER (All 12 Volumes)

This carefully crafted ebook: "PERSONAL POWER (All 12 Volumes)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: Personal Power - Your Master Self Creative Power - Your Constructive Forces Desire Power - Your Energizing Forces Faith Power - Your Inspirational Forces Will Power - Your Dynamic Forces Subconscious Power - Your Secret Forces Spiritual Power - The Infinite Fount Thought Power - Radio-Mentalism Perceptive Power - The Art of Observation Reasoning Power - Practical Logic Character Power - Positive Individuality Regenerative Power or Vital Rejuvenation This book is devoted to the subject of the development, cultivation and manifestation of Personal Power— Personal Power in all its phases, aspects and modes of manifestation and expression. "Personal Power,” as understood and taught in this book, may be defined as: "The ability or strength possessed by the human individual, by which he does, or may, accomplish desired results in an efficient manner, along the lines of physical, mental, and spiritual effort and endeavor.” William Walker Atkinson (1862-1932) was a prolific writer. His works treat themes related to the mental world, occultism, divination, psychic reality, and mankind's nature.

Imaginative Participation

The Career of an Organizing Concept in a Multidisciplinary Context

Imaginative Participation

I am Czech. In 1948 I graduated from ancient Charles' University at Prague. In 1970 I came to Canada, the country of my choice, from New Zealand where I had taught two years at the University of Canter bury in Christchurch. This work was begun after I left Europe. It is intended as contribution to contemporary sociological and social psy chological theory, or theories. For a very long time in my native country I was intellectually a Jack of-alI-trades. Before coming to sociology I spent two decades of study and research in the fields of philosophy, history and imaginative literature. Looking back I view this not as wasted time, but as an extraordinary introduction to the study of society, of man in society and of society in man. There are many links between these areas of scientific inquiry which I would not have been able to make had I not had this multi disciplinary experience. In each of my lives, past and present, I have been for a number of reasons marginal to my fellow men, marginal in several respects. In my native land I refused to conform to the line of the ruling political party. I became a "non-person" in all that implies in a totalitarian regime.