This new study of Baudelaire's writings is the first book to apply the principles of schizoanalysis to literary history and cultural studies. By resituating psychoanalysis in its socio-economic and cultural context, this framework provides a new and illuminating approach to the poetry and art criticism of the foremost French modernist. Professor Holland's book draws upon and transforms virtually the entire spectrum of recent Baudelaire scholarship, and demonstrates the impact of the capitalist market and its attendant authoritarianism (as well as Baudelaire's much-discussed family circumstances) on the psychology and poetics of the writer, who abandoned his romantic idealism in favour of a modernist cynicism that has characterised modern culture ever since.
"This is a splendid example of passionate theorizing which harnesses the insights of schizoanalysis to literary criticism with the reins of linguistics and postmodernist theory." Graham Robb, Times Literary Supplement "The account of the poems is impressive, and the analysis of the art writing is boldly original...Very good at presenting his own views, Holland doesn't get distracted by digressive debates with other commentators. One gets the impression that he has really worked through his analysis...This superb book is full of critical energy. Holland reads brilliantly, he has a great ear for details; and his writing is almost always lucid...This book, one of the best works of literary criticism I have read in many years, inspires argument, as do very few such texts." David Carrier, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism "Holland's study of Baudelaire has achieved the aim of providing a total reading of Baudelaire's works, integrating interpretations of his poems, prose-poems, art criticism, letters and journals." Timothy Raser, Nineteenth-century French Studies