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The Critical Imagination$
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James Grant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661794.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Critical Imagination

James Grant

Oxford University Press

According to many, criticism of the arts, like the creation of art, involves a major role for imaginativeness. This introduction presents some of the reasons why philosophers have found this view plausible. Literary interpretation, aesthetic experience, and the prevalence of metaphor in critics’ descriptions have all seemed to provide evidence for this claim. The introduction then explains why this view of criticism is of interest. It concludes by setting out the structure of the book and describing the content of each chapter.

Keywords:   art criticism, literary criticism, creativity, imaginativeness, interpretation, aesthetic experience, metaphor, language of criticism

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