A Poetics of Art Criticism

The Case of Baudelaire

A Poetics of Art Criticism

202 pp., 6 x 9, 1 halftones, notes, bibl

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9238-1
    Published: January 1989

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Raser questions criticism's predilection for a scientific discourse, arguing that aesthetic categories are better indicators of a text's literary qualities. Although aesthetics has claimed subjective pleasure as its sole criterion since the time of Kant, aesthetic judgments tend always to ground themselves in logic or reference. In art criticism, description serves as this ground and is no more productive than in Baudelaire's art criticism, where it leads to poetry.