Creativity Is a Waste of Time

The transformative power of imagination

Joel Faflak
Joel Faflak is the Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities and a professor at Western University.
He studies British literature and thought from 1750 to 1850, focusing on Romantic literature, philosophy, and culture as it emerged from the Enlightenment and got transformed (or not) in the Victorian period. He is currently working on several projects, including Romantic Psychiatry and the Trauma of Sensibility, 1789–1862; Romanticism and the Psychopathology of Happiness, 1750–1850; Get Happy! The Political Technology of Film Musical Utopianism; and Romanticism and the Emotions.

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