Negative Emotions and Creativity

Matravers, Derek (2013). Negative Emotions and Creativity. In: Levinson, Jerrold ed. Suffering Art Gladly: The Paradox of Negative Emotions in Art. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 207–223.

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This paper argues that the role of the negative emotions in the appreciation of art is misunderstood. Usually taken to generate the 'paradox of tragedy', in fact the negative emotions play an essential role in creativity, and hence in art appreciation.

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