Title Poetic Thinking Today
Subtitle An Essay
Author Amir Eshel
ISBN 9781503610514
List price GBP 17.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 240
Book size 140 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Stanford University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“In this beautiful, brilliant, and moving study, Eshel calls attention to poetic thinking as indispensable to understanding the human condition and especially to the challenge of defining freedom without limitations. Itself an enactment of embodied and empowered thinking, reading, and observing, his book offers a guide to a meaningful and responsible life.”

Ulrich Baer, New York University


Poetic Thinking Today should be required reading for defenders of the humanities in our current political moment. Eshel’s assiduous research, sensitive readings, and light touch of self-reflection make for a moving, inspiring essay: a testament to the enduring relevance of thinking as freedom, of art as resistance.”

Lital Levy, Princeton University


“In this beautifully woven book, Eshel demonstrates what twenty-first-century ‘thinking without a banister’ can be: a life-affirming chance to open up the world poetically and ethically to new and transformative possibilities.”

Todd Samuel Presner, University of California, Los Angeles


Thinking is much broader than what our science-obsessed, utilitarian culture often takes it to be. More than mere problem solving or the methodical comprehension of our personal and natural circumstances, thinking may take the form of a poem, a painting, a sculpture, a museum exhibition, or a documentary film. Exploring a variety of works by contemporary artists and writers who exemplify poetic thinking, this book draws our attention to one of the crucial affordances of this form of creative human insight and wisdom: its capacity to help protect and cultivate human freedom. All the contemporary works of art and literature that Poetic Thinking Today examines touch on our recent experiences with tyranny in culture and politics. They express the uninhibited thoughts and ideas of their creators even as they foster poetic thinking in us. In an era characterized by the global reemergence of authoritarian tendencies, Amir Eshel writes with the future of the humanities in mind. He urges the acknowledgment and cultivation of poetic thinking as a crucial component of our intellectual pursuits in general and of our educational systems more specifically.


Foreword by Paul A. Kottman




Chapter 1. Thinking Poems: On Paul Celan and Dan Pagis

Chapter 2. Thinking Paintings: On Gerhard Richter

Chapter 3. Thinking Sculptures: On Dani Karavan

Coda: Our Poetic Age





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About the Author:

Amir Eshel is Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies at Stanford University.

Target Audience:

This book is a must-read for people interested in art, literature, cinema & media studies and education. This book shows the psychologist & political aspects of arts.


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