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À bas les censeurs, vivent les artistes ! L’« anti-critique » créatrice de Théophile Gautier

Abstract : A herald and spearhead of the offensive launched by 19th century writers against the rising power of critics, Gautier nevertheless practiced journalistic criticism his entire life. But he strives to subvert, through his imagination, the fastidious codes of the critical exercise, and re-establishes from the latter to the work a nutritive circuit, as shown by Captain Fracasse, which, in certain ways, follows directly from the theatrical criticism of the author. The article further shows how Gautier’s creative “anti-criticism” draws its anti-utilitarianism and its worship of the Beautiful from a lucid social critique, and how his “art for art’s sake” credo is the rampart that he builds against bourgeois society’s coalition of interests to enlist art in the service of its religion of the Useful.
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Julie Anselmini. À bas les censeurs, vivent les artistes ! L’« anti-critique » créatrice de Théophile Gautier. Revue du MAUSS, La découverte, 2018, Le beau, le bon et le juste. Pour en finir avec la critique critique ?, 1 (51), pp.287-302. ⟨10.3917/rdm.051.0287⟩. ⟨hal-01963684⟩

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