The art criticism of Francis Ponge

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W.S. Maney for the Modern Humanities Research Association, 1994 - Art - 156 pages
This study of Francis Ponge's essays on contemporary artists (L'Atelier contemporain) attempts to broaden the popular view of the author as a poet of objects. It explores Ponge's perception of art criticism as an inherently problematic genre and exposes the inhibitions surrounding the production of the essays. The study demonstrates how Ponge's essays on artists parallel developments in his other works. They are seen as instrumental in his movement towards open texts and a stress on the creative process itself, as well as opportunities to reaffirm his philosophical and aesthetic stance.

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Ponges Critical Discourse
Criticism as Catharsis
Corrective Criticism

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About the author (1994)

Shirley Jordan is Senior Lecturer in French at Oxford Brookes University. She publishes on the poetry and art criticism of Francis Ponge, on ethnography and on new women's writing in French. Her recent publications include studies of Amelie Nothomb, Marie Darrieussecq and Virginie Despentes and she is currently preparing a monograph on changing articulations of the public and the private in female-authored text and image in contemporary France.