Truth, Justice, and the Modern Imagination: A Reflection Launched by Elizabeth Sewell's "Death of the Imagination"
Elizabeth Sewell, in an article of that name, deplores the imminent "death of the imagination" in our American and English worlds.And indeed our imaginations are battered by cultural forces which are making most of us imaginatively sick. That this sickness is a major challenge for contemporary Anglo-American educators, I could not agree more. Its main symptoms are, as she points out, a loss of pattern and meaning to the world around us and a concomitant loss of touch with our own selves. But Elizabeth Sewell suggests that what is at stake is reconquering pride of place for the imagination in our overly analytical and rational culture. I think the problem is more challenging yet: we must re-educate imaginations which, far from marginalized in this culture, are in fact encouraged by it to take monstrous proportions.
"Truth, Justice, and the Modern Imagination: A Reflection Launched by Elizabeth Sewell's "Death of the Imagination","
LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture: Vol. 1:
1, Article 13.
Available at: https://ir.stthomas.edu/logos/vol1/iss1/13