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Imaginative Horizons

An Essay in Literary-Philosophical Anthropology

How do people make sense of their experiences? How do they understand possibility? How do they limit possibility? These questions are central to all the human sciences. Here, Vincent Crapanzano offers a powerfully creative new way to think about human experience: the notion of imaginative horizons. For Crapanzano, imaginative horizons are the blurry boundaries that separate the here and now from what lies beyond, in time and space. These horizons, he argues, deeply influence both how we experience our lives and how we interpret those experiences, and here sets himself the task of exploring the roles that creativity and imagination play in our experience of the world.

280 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2003

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Philosophy: General Philosophy


“This book makes an important contribution to the contemporary remapping of the faculties. Each chapter reads like a meditative journey in which the reader accompanies a well-trained and generous mind as it grapples with the puzzle of human experience. It will appeal to students and scholars of anthropology, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, and especially to those who are looking for innovation in methodology in these disciplines.”<Wlad Godzich, University of California, Santa Cruz

Wlad Godzich, University of California, Santa Cruz

"There is a pleasure alone in reading each of Crapanzano’s chapters, and his erudite, open-ended, and often purposefully contradictory musings on these topics can well serve as a tonic to anyone interested in ways in which these topics could be fruitfully reframed; those interested in phenomenological, psychoanalytic, hermeneutic, and existential approaches to anthropology will also find Crapanzano’s virtuoso readings and critiques rewarding."

Jon Bialecki | Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"Imaginative Horizons models the kind of interdisciplinary study ’we’ need (whoever we are). . . . His reader will learn much from the turbulence Vincent Crapanzano stirs up."

Lee Haring | Journal of American Folklore

Table of Contents

1. Imaginative Horizons
2. The Between
3. Body, Pain, and Trauma
4. Hope
5. The Transgressive and the Erotic
6. Remembrance
7. World-Ending

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