The Late Modern Reimagining of Imagination

  • Ulla Kallenbach


This chapter offers an analysis of the radical reconceptualization of imagination in the early to mid-twentieth century, chiefly as interpreted by French philosophers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Gaston Bachelard and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Central interests in this period are the notions of absence and nothingness, which are also evident in the theatre, not only as themes but also as form. Accordingly, the reconceptualization of imagination was concerned both with the notion of imagination as nothingness and with finding new ways of describing potentials of imagination in this nothingness—as an intentional mode of consciousness. Kallenbach analyzes how this reconceptualization of imagination puts into question the relation of the present to the absent; a complex relation that exposes both the power and poverty of the imagination.


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  • Ulla Kallenbach
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  1. 1.University of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

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