3. Creativity

  1. Keith Oatley

Published Online: 15 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119970910.ch3

Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction

Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction

How to Cite

Oatley, K. (2011) Creativity, in Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119970910.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470974575

Online ISBN: 9781119970910



  • creativity, and imagined worlds - spring of creativity;
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem “Kubla Khan” - “A vision in a dream, a fragment”;
  • The extraordinary and the ordinary - understanding of creativity;
  • famous psychological theory, creativity - stages, preparation, incubation, illumination and verification;
  • every act of human creation, events - in brain and mind, no-one giving an account;
  • On the origin of species - Darwin's approach to his theory, steps small and comprehensible;
  • The space-in-between - fiction, art arising from play, creative activity;
  • I. A. Richards's book Practical criticism - what people make of literature, works of fiction as they read;
  • Kate Chopin's story, 1894 “The dream of an hour” - depiction of emotion, from something noticeable but inarticulate, to something strong and distinct;
  • question of creativity and literature - Russian Formalists, fiction into two, fabula and syuzhet


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The spring of creativity

  • The individual relationship with literature

  • Making a story one's own

  • The reader's contribution

  • Components of construction

  • Creative language

  • Words and imaginings