Against the Flow: The Arts, Postmodern Culture and Education / Edition 1

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At once provocative and inspiring, Against the Flow is a work of polemic from an internationally respected writer and thinker on arts education. Peter Abbs argues that contemporary education ignores the aesthetic and ethical as a result of being in thrall to such forces as the market economy and managerial and functional dictates. He identifies the present education system as being inimical to creativity and authentic learning and instead, narrowly focused on the quantitative measuring of results. This absence of a creative and ethical dimension in education has implications for art making in wider society. Art is shown as emerging from, and appealing to, the ironic postmodernist sensibility and mass media-led culture, while being devoid of philosophical significance.
This book opens up a fresh and timely debate about the vital power of creativity in modern education. Drawing on examples from modern poetry, literature and visual art, it is an eloquent and passionate argument for the need to develop ethical and aesthetic energies to confront the growing vacuity of contemporary culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415297929
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/2/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Abbs is Professor of Creative Writing in the University of Sussex's Graduate Research Centre in the Humanities.

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Table of Contents

Plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I The poetics of education 7
1 The arts, postmodern culture and the inner dynamic of authentic education 9
2 On the spiritual in art, culture and education 26
3 The rise and fall of the new arts paradigm in education 44
Pt. 2 The poetics of culture 63
4 The three faces of wisdom: literature and the arts as radical routes to understanding 65
5 The creative word and the creative life: a cultural map of autobiography from classical Greece to the postmodern crisis 85
6 Music, metaphor, meaning: a poetics before and after postmodernism 106
7 Thirty-nine notes towards a new metaphysical poetry 117
8 Art against the Zeitgeist: on the work of four contemporary art-makers 130
Coda 153
Notes 154
Bibliography 162
Index 167
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