Both Worlds at Once: Art in Old Age

Both Worlds at Once: Art in Old Age

by Amir Cohen-Shalev


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Both Worlds at Once is a study of works of art conceived and produced late in their creators' careers. It pronounces an alternative to the mainstream life span creativity research which has, in general, adopted a decline perspective to the fruits of old age. Amir Cohen-Shalev argues that this age-decrement approach misses what the artists themselves tried to do in old age, which is often to develop a new form that allows them to thrive on ambivalence. Against the bleak predictions of developmental psychology and folk wisdom, this book focuses on old age as a unique stage of creative activity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761821885
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 05/01/2002
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Amir Cohen-Shalev is Senior Lecturer, Tel-Hai College, Upper Galilee, Israel, and Teaching Fellow at the University of Haifa.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Overview: The Late and the Potent Chapter 2 Old Age Creativity and Midlife Research Chapter 3 Freedom Still to Question: The Drama of Pierre Corneille Chapter 4 Ibsen's Choice: "Poetic Bark" or "Life's Ironic Puff?" Chapter 5 "Tutto Nel Mondo e Burla:" The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi Chapter 6 The Laws of Art and the Dictates of the Heart: Piet Mondrian and Samuel Beckett Chapter 7 The Life Cycle Revisited: Bergman's Two Views of Aging Chapter 8 The Enigma of Art in Old Age: In Lieu of a Theory

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