Deconstructing the Lone Genius Myth: Toward a Contextual View of Creativity

Review by: William A. Harper
By Alfonso Montuori and Ronald E. Purser

The Big Idea

The topic is creativity.  The problem is the stubborn persistence in popular culture of believing creative artists of all sorts—musicians, scientists, inventors, athletes, writers—are lone geniuses.  These authors ask the question:  Just how autonomous is the creative individual?  They answer:  Not very.