Dissertation on Mallarmé

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Dissertation on Mallarmé’s Quote “A critic is someone who meddles with something that is none of his business.” Mallarmé’s quote, albeit harsh, holds true in the world of professional criticism of the arts. “Gaugin’s letter in response to Fontaina’s article,” by the 19 th century artist Gaugin, and “The Critical Screen,” by the theatre director Michael Kirby, examine professional criticism and come to the conclusion that it has little validity. “Theatre criticism, as we know it, is primitive and naïve, arrogant, and immoral… Criticism should be changed” (69), writes Kirby. Criticism is “primitive and naïve.” Kirby argues that criticism is based on the “simple, unsophisticated, but false” (70), (and therefore primitive and naïve) assumption that the critic’s beliefs ( values ) and experience while viewing art are universal among all of his/her readers. In reality, Kirby asserts, each person has a unique value response: “A human being is a complex organism, and if equipment were available to measure one’s total value response it should show that each person’s pattern was, like fingerprints, unique” (71). Criticism is “arrogant.” Critics are “arrogant” because they state their opinion as fact. They state subjective reactions as universal truths. This “factual” presentation of opinion indirectly makes a reader who houses different opinions feel wrong. “Knowing that the reactions of others are equally valid, they give their own a status that they know they cannot have” (74), writes Kirby of “arrogant” critics. Criticism is ‘immoral.”
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