The World of the Imagination: Sum and Substance

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In this book, Eva Brann sets out no less a task than to assess the meaning of imagination in its multifarious expressions throughout western history. The result is one of those rare achievements that will make The World of the Imagination a standard reference.
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Overview

In this book, Eva Brann sets out no less a task than to assess the meaning of imagination in its multifarious expressions throughout western history. The result is one of those rare achievements that will make The World of the Imagination a standard reference.
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Editorial Reviews

New Vico Studies
A model of organization.
Christianity and Literature
Its scope is breathtaking, and its argument brilliant. . . . Readers will be seduced into delightful engagement and will emerge enlightened, enlarged, and refreshed. . . . Brann not only writes about meditation, she is herself a wise and skillful mediator between the reader and the world of imagination. Her book is a monumental contribution to scholarship.
The Review Of Metaphysics
This book is at once the most definitive and the most comprehensive book of its kind ever written. For anyone who wants to know how imagination has been regarded in Western philosophical and psychological, literary, and religious thought, this text is an indispensable resource, a treasure-trove of insight and knowledge.
World
A scholarly and literary achievement of major proportions. . . . vintage work, the sort of even-handed and tempered scholarship we have come to expect from [Brann]. . . . The bibliographies at the end of each chapter (25 in all) are enough to astound any reader. The scope of this study and the detail of the investigation are truly remarkable. . . . Brann's book is a
Choice
Brann . . . provides a work of astounding amplitude. She is, throughout, perspicacious, erudite, clear, down to earth, crisp, and lively, and she is not afraid to take firm, definite, and sometimes controversial positions. Although there are myriad works on the imagination, there are not any that approach Brann's book in its encyclopedic and insightful coverage. This book will be, for many years to come, the main source for any work on the imagination. It should be in every college and public library.
Utopian Studies Interdi
Eva Brann's book is a very instructive and recommendable interdisciplinary inquiry into the multiple aspects of imagination in the domain of the humanities.
Jonathan Imber
A splendid achievement, a life's work...a monumental contribution to scholarship.
CHOICE
Brann . . . provides a work of astounding amplitude. She is, throughout, perspicacious, erudite, clear, down to earth, crisp, and lively, and she is not afraid to take firm, definite, and sometimes controversial positions. Although there are myriad works on the imagination, there are not any that approach Brann's book in its encyclopedic and insightful coverage. This book will be, for many years to come, the main source for any work on the imagination. It should be in every college and public library.
Library Journal
Imagination adds to reality and casts light on it. It also threatens us with error. Brann's massive assault on its mysteries advances an old thesis: ``imagination . . . is a faculty or power for internal representations which . . . are image-like and represent absent objects as present . . . by means of resemblance.'' She carefully considers more than 450 authors. Still, there are missing figures, including Edward Douglas Fawcett, whose World As Imagination (1916) rallies those who think imagination the key to reality. The enemies and friends of images alike (i.e., logicians who questioned the existence of images and romantics who overrated them) perhaps loom too large in this book. And perhaps those who see imagination as the necessary link between a world that is always fuzzy and our logical ideas of it deserve more space. Yet there are plums here for plain readers. No sane writer will approach the concept of imagination before consulting this work by a 30-year veteran of the St. John's College ``great books'' program.--Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847676507
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Edition number: 824
  • Pages: 826
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Eva T.H. Brann is the dean of St. John's College in Maryland.
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