Elizabeth Gilbert on Cultural Understandings of Creativity

In this TED Talk, Elizabeth Gilbert, discusses having to deal with potentially having already written her most commercially celebrated work, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search For Everything. She explores our cultural understandings of creativity and discusses how it has evolved. It was in the Renaissance Era when creativity and genius became attributed to the person (in this case, writer or storyteller) themselves, instead of coming from an external and mystical source like the Greek Daemon or the Roman entity of genius. This relatively new pressure of creativity being put on the artist or writer and not from an external force, she argues has been killing off the world’s artists for the last 500 years.

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