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Concrete insight: art, the unconscious and transformative spontaneity

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dc.contributor.author Nutting, Catherine M.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-30T18:54:13Z
dc.date.available 2007-08-30T18:54:13Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007-08-30T18:54:13Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/214
dc.description.abstract My thesis draws connections among Herbert Read’s aesthetics, his anarchism, and Carl Jung’s aesthetic theory. I discuss Jung’s concept of individuation and its importance in his theory of the creative process of life. He distinguished between personalistic and archetypal art, and argued that the latter embodies primordial symbols that are inherently meaningful. Archetypal art, he believed, symbolizes unconscious knowledge, which can promote self-awareness and impact on society, if an individual is able to discern its relevance and integrate this into an ethical lifestyle. Jung emphasized the importance of rational discernment and ethical choices along with free creativity. I show how Read used these Jungian concepts to explain aspects of his aesthetic and political emphasis on freedom. According to Read, art creates reality and as such it is both personally transformative and socially activist: he believed that aesthetics are a mechanism of the natural world, and that art is a unique type of cognition that manifests new forms. Art communicates new versions of reality because perception is holistic, allowing people to perceive both the essence inherent in forms and the relationships among them. Further, I consider Read’s belief that cognition and society are both organic, and should be allowed to evolve naturally. Therefore, according to Read, society must be anarchist so that creative freedom and aesthetic consciousness can be adequately supported. Finally, I conclude by highlighting the pivotal role of creative freedom in Jung’s and Read’s theories of personal and social change. I illustrate that Jung and Read concurred that the unique individual is the site of transformation, living out the organically creative nature of life. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Carl Jung en_US
dc.subject Herbert Read en_US
dc.subject Jungian Aesthetics en_US
dc.subject English Modernism en_US
dc.subject Art Theory en_US
dc.subject Anarchism en_US
dc.subject Jungian Psychology en_US
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject Modern Art Theory en_US
dc.subject Jungian Unconscious en_US
dc.subject Creativity en_US
dc.subject Spontaneity en_US
dc.subject Transformation en_US
dc.subject Art Education en_US
dc.subject Pacifism en_US
dc.subject Pacifist Anarchism en_US
dc.subject Archetype en_US
dc.subject David Thistlewood en_US
dc.subject Paul Gibbard en_US
dc.subject Herbert Read and Carl Jung en_US
dc.subject Art and Psychology en_US
dc.subject Psychology and Art en_US
dc.subject Art en_US
dc.subject Anarchism and Art en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Concrete insight: art, the unconscious and transformative spontaneity en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Antliff, Allan
dc.degree.department Dept. of History in Art en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US


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