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The Created Co-Creator Resource Page

I’ve added a new page in the resources section about Philip Hefner’s concept of human beings as “created co-creators.” I was trying to collate all the related material for a thesis chapter into one place and I hadn’t seen a similar collection online anywhere. So I’ve made an outline of the concept with a couple of bibliographies attached.

The bibliographies are more of a sample selection than the definitive list, but now I have a place to refer people to when they ask for more information about the metaphor. Within my own work I take Hefner’s concept and rework it, so it’s useful for me to have it around too.

See The Created Co-Creator resource page.

2 Comments

  1. I’m pretty sure one of the Inklings wrote about human beings as little creators — thinking more in terms of creating worlds and characters. I was going to wait to write till I found the reference, but things are pretty frantic here for the rest of June at least and I’ll forget. First place I’d look would be Tolkien’s essay in _Essays Presented to Charles Williams_. If looking there wasn’t productive, I’d be hunting and pecking through my shelves.

  2. Thanks for that, Conrad. I’d forgotten about the whole “sub-creation” thing that Tolkien articulated in “On Fairy Stories”. I’ll find my copy on the bookshelf. The ideas there would work well in the introduction to my chapter on co-creation.

    Now I think about it, I remember the Kiwi comic book writer Dylan Horrocks used it in an essay of his I read a while back.

    http://www.hicksville.co.nz/PerfectPlanet.htm

    (Scroll down to the part about “World-Building”)

    Horrocks writes,

    Tolkien even asserted that there is no higher function for man than the “sub-creation” of a Secondary World. It was, in fact, a religious act:

    “The Christian may now perceive that all his bents and faculties have a purpose, which can be redeemed. So great is the bounty with which he has been treated that he may now, perhaps, fairly dare to guess that in Fantasy he may actually assist in the effoliation and multiple enrichment of creation.”

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