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Rickman, J. (1957). X. On The Nature Of Ugliness And The Creative Impulse (Marginalia Psychoanalytica. II) (1940). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 52(1):68-89.

(1957). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 52(1):68-89

X. On The Nature Of Ugliness And The Creative Impulse (Marginalia Psychoanalytica. II) (1940) Book Information Previous Up Next

John Rickman, M.D.

1.   Introduction

2.   The Etymology, Meaning and Uses of the Word ‘Ugly’

3.   An Experiment on the Feeling of Disgust

4.   Some Factors which influence Æsthetic Appreciation:

a)   A missing part

b)   The attitude to deformity, to defective growth, to a ‘foreign body’ and to unfinished work

c)   Fettering of interest to periods, cultures and antiquity

d)   The relation of limitation of æsthetic appreciation to inhibitions in love life

5.   Dream-Work and Art-Work

6.   What is it that is Satisfying in Art?

a)   Sensuous pleasure

b)   The solution of conflict

c)   The ‘eternal’ factor

7.   What is Ugliness?

1. Introduction

The study of Æsthetics presents difficult problems and the solution of them is made more arduous if the field of observation is unduly constricted.

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