This study is an examination of Baudelaire's art criticism and its relationship with his creative writing. It is the first book in English to treat in one volume the diverse aspects of the subject: the principal aesthetic ideas, the importance of Delacroix, Boudin, Meryon, Guys, and Manet, the essays on laughter and caricature, and the language and rhetoric of the Salons and other critical writings. The title reflects Baudelaire's conviction, which emphasizes in relation to Delacroix, Daumier, Guys, and Wagner, that all art, whether it is painting, poetry or music, springs from the memory of the artist and speaks to the memory of the consumer of that art. This idea, exemplified in his own creative writing, extends to criticism itself, which is seen primarily as a phenomenon of recognition, and it is that sense of recognition that the author has sought to emphasize throughout.
`It is in the chapter on landscape and the painting of modern life that some of the most valuable details and insightful analyses are offered. Here, as elsewhere, Hiddleston's own critical achievement mirrors Baudelaire's, and it is, perhaps, in Hiddleston's erudite symbiosis with the poet, which still manages acute critical distance, that all the power and subtlety of his scholarly arguments lie.' Modern Language Review `The book offers us new perpectives on Baudelaire and caricature, as well as a close analysis of his theory of laughter.' Robert Lethbridge, Journal of European Studies `what really makes this sucha rich and distinguished book is Hiddleston's 'feel' for the very texture of creative intersections, so finely attuned is he to the intonations of Baudelaire's language and the tonalities of the pictures he confronted' Robert Lethbridge, Journal of European Studies `this subtle and attractive introduction to Baudelaire's mental universe.' Forum for Modern Language Studies, Vol 37, No 2 `Hiddleston coaxes novel and persuasive interpretations from his close reading of the Beaudelaire texts.' J-P. Cauvin, Choice, June 2000.
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.57