The Critic as Artist Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing and Discussing Everything

"Criticism is itself an art." This is one of the singular arguments in what must be one of Oscar Wilde's most compelling critical dialogues ever published.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 9781595690821

Category: Literary Criticism

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"Criticism is itself an art." This is one of the singular arguments in what must be one of Oscar Wilde's most compelling critical dialogues ever published. The Critic as Artist explores Wilde's defense of criticism through sharp, witty dialogue and riveting, thoughtful arguments. This theoretical dialogue uses prime examples to discuss many elements, such as criticism as an art form, the true definition of a critic, criticism's value over art, and more. A special treasure for admirers of Wilde and a welcome addition to any bookshelf, The Critic as Artist exemplifies the playwright's witty look on the world and his true love of art.

The Critic as Artist

And, as Wilde writes, “To the critic the work of art is simply a suggestion for a new work of his own.” The field of art and criticism should be open to the free play of the mind, but Wilde plays seriously, even prophetically.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: David Zwirner Books

ISBN: 9781644230039

Category: Art

Page: 144

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In The Critic as Artist, arguably the most complete exploration of his aesthetic thinking, and certainly the most entertaining, Oscar Wilde harnesses his famous wit to demolish the supposed boundary between art and criticism. Subtitled Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing and Discussing Everything, the essay takes the form of a leisurely dialogue between two characters: Ernest, who insists upon Wilde’s own belief in art’s freedom from societal mandates and values, and a quizzical Gilbert. With his playwright’s ear for dialogue, Wilde champions idleness and contemplation as prerequisites to artistic cultivation. Beyond the well-known dictum of art for art’s sake, Wilde’s originality lays argument for the equality of criticism and art. For him, criticism is not subject to the work of art, but can in fact precede it: the artist cannot create without engaging his or her critical faculties first. And, as Wilde writes, “To the critic the work of art is simply a suggestion for a new work of his own.” The field of art and criticism should be open to the free play of the mind, but Wilde plays seriously, even prophetically. Writing in 1891, he foresaw that criticism would have an increasingly important role as the need to make sense of what we see increases with the complexities of modern life. It is only the fine perception and explication of beauty, Wilde suggests, that will allow us to create meaning, joy, empathy, and peace out of the chaos of facts and reality.

Bloom s How to Write about Oscar Wilde

... upon the importance of doing nothing; Part Two: With some remarks upon the importance of discussing everything). At the heart of The Critic as Artist lies some of Wilde's philosophies concerning art, life, and criticism. He does not ...

Author: Amy S. Watkin

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438126500

Category: Criticism

Page: 209

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Known for his poetic transformation of New England and nature, Robert Frost has retained his position through the years as one of the essential American poets of the 20th century. This book explores his classic works, including The Road Not Taken, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, and The Death of the Hired Man.

Tolstoy s What is Art

More precisely, in the two dialogues in Intentions, 'The Critic as Artist' : (1) 'With Some Remarks Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing' and (2) 'With Some Remarks Upon the Importance of Discussing Everything', Gilbert eXpounds and ...

Author: Terry Diffey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317673255

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 172

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With its demand that works of art be judged according to the their morally didactic content, Tolstoy’s reviled aesthetics has seemed to exclude from the canon far too many works widely accepted as masterpieces, including Shakespeare and Beethoven. This book, first published in 1985, argues that these are not mere oversights on the part of Tolstoy: he knew full well the consequences of his line of reasoning. The author contends that, even if we disagree with and eventually reject much of what Tolstoy concludes, his account of the nature and purpose of art is nevertheless worth consideration. Diffey’s argument by no means accepts all of ‘What is Art?’, but by suggesting that the work is best interpreted as a counterpoint to the amoral aestheticism prevalent in Russia at the time, he does much to restore it to a status deserving attention, particularly in today’s climate of extreme relativism.

Intentions

Although best remembered for his plays, poetry and novels, Wilde also wrote a number of interesting essays a variety of subjects ranging from art and literature to society and beyond, the best examples of which are contained within this ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781528790567

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish poet and playwright who became one of the most popular in London during the 1880s and 1890s. Well-known for his sharp wit and extravagant attire, Wilde was a proponent of aestheticism and wrote in a variety of forms including poetry, fiction, and drama. He was famously imprisoned for homosexual acts from 1895 to 1897 and died at the age of 46, just three years after his release. Although best remembered for his plays, poetry and novels, Wilde also wrote a number of interesting essays a variety of subjects ranging from art and literature to society and beyond, the best examples of which are contained within this volume. They include: “The Decay of Lying, an Observation”, “Pen, Pencil and Poison, A Study in Green”, “The Critic as Artist, with Some Remarks Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing”, “The Critic as Artist, with Some Remarks Upon the Importance of Discussing Everything”, and “The Truth of Masks, A Note on Illusion”. A fantastic collection of interesting and thought-provoking essays not to be missed by those with an interest in the work and mind of this seminal literary figure. Read & Co. Classics is proudly publishing this new collection of classic essays now in a new edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.

Acculturating Age Approaches to Cultural Gerontology

The Critic as Artist: Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing and Discussing Everything. 1891. Oscar Wilde. Intentions: The Decay of Lying; Pen, Pencil, and Poison; The Critic as Artist; The Truth of Masks. Charleston SC: Biblio Bazaar, ...

Author: Brian J. Worsfold

Publisher: Universitat de Lleida

ISBN: 9788484094920

Category: Aging

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The Prose of Oscar Wilde

89 With some Remarks upon the Importance of doing Nothing The Critic as Artist — Second Part . . 141 With some Remarks upon the Importance of discussing Everything The Truth of Masks. A Note on Illusion 201 ON PLAYEES AND PLATS "Hamlet" ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 9781596050969

Category: Literary Collections

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This collection brings together some of this much-loved writer's prose work. In it, Oscar Wilde touches on a wide range of topics as only he can. He discusses the decay of lying, the critic as artist, and the truth of masks. He provides criticism of productions of works of Shakespeare and other theatrical concerns, such as stage scenery, stage morals, and "plays that are meant to be read, not to be acted." He also devotes his attention to women's issues, such as novels and stories written by women and women's achievements. Taken together, readers will discover the incisive wit and unique observations for which Wilde was renowned. OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) was a celebrated Irish-born playwright, short story writer, poet, and personality in Victorian London. He is best known for his involvement in the aesthetic movement and his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his many plays, such as Lady Windermere's Fan, The Importance of Being Ernest, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and Salomi. During his imprisonment for gross indecency, he wrote De Profundis, and later, The Ballad of Reading Gao.

This Thing Called Theory

7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Lionello Venturi, History of Art Criticism (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1936). ... Oscar Wilde, 'The Critic as Artist: Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing and Discussing Everything', in Intentions ...

Author: Teresa Stoppani

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315406244

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

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In the age of post-digital architecture and digital materiality, This Thing Called Theory explores current practices of architectural theory, their critical and productive role. The book is organized in sections which explore theory as an open issue in architecture, as it relates to and borrows from other disciplines, thus opening up architecture itself and showing how architecture is inextricably connected to other social and theoretical practices. The sections move gradually from the specifics of architectural thought – its history, theory, and criticism – and their ongoing relation with philosophy, to the critical positions formulated through architecture’s specific forms of expression, and onto more recent forms of architecture’s engagement and self-definition. The book’s thematic sessions are concluded by and interspersed with a series of shorter critical position texts, which, together, propose a new vision of the contemporary role of theory in architecture. What emerges, overall, is a critical and productive role for theory in architecture today: theory as a proposition, theory as task and as a ‘risk’ of architecture.

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

THE CRITIC AS ARTIST With some remarks 5 upon the importance of discussing everything A DIALOGUE: Part II. ... TRUE FUNCTION AND VALUE OF CRITICISM; NC 2–4 With ... everything] with some remarks upon the importance of doing nothing: a ...

Author: Josephine M. Guy

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0198119615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 704

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Volume IV of the Oxford English Texts Complete Works of Oscar Wilde is the first variorum edition of Wilde's major critical writing; it includes the critical essays which were re-published in book-form in his life-time - that is, those anthologised in Intentions and The Soul of Man - as well as his graduate essay usually known by the title The Rise of Historical Criticism, but which this volume titles Historical Criticism. The Introduction gives a detailed account of the composition of each of the essays: it gives a new explanation for the relationship between the 'The Decay of Lying' and 'Pen, Pencil, and Poison' (arguing that they are best understood as companion pieces); it provides the first concrete demonstration that Wilde did, on occasions, knowingly 'copy' his own work; and it reveals that substantial cuts were made to some of Wilde's essays (without his full consent) by the periodical editors with whom he worked. The edition also provides, for the first time, a full collation of the textual variants between the published versions of Wilde's essays (that is, both book and periodical), and all extant manuscripts; in addition it establishes a new, authoritative text for Historical Criticism, based on an examination of the original manuscript, which differs significantly from that printed by Robert Ross in his 1908 Collected Edition (and subsequently reprinted in the Collins Complete Works). The annotation to the edition reveals the full extent of Wilde's 'borrowings' both from his own work, and from other writers; it also reveals that much of Historical Criticism is in fact paraphrasing or translating well-known classical texts, and that the some of denseness of the argument is due to ellipses in Wilde's text that were disguised by earlier editors.

Literatures of Liberalization

(222, 227, 228 in Wilde 1968) Wilde then recirculated some of Zhuangzi's ideas and style of criticism in two of his ... the Importance of Doing Nothing” (July 1890) and “With some remarks upon the Importance of Discussing Everything” ...

Author: Regenia Gagnier

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319984193

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 247

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This book traces the global circulation of cultures and ideologies from the technological and democratic revolutions of the long nineteenth century to liberal and neoliberal modernity. Focussing on moments of coerced (colonial and postcolonial) and voluntary contact rather than national boundaries, the author draws attention to the global scope of literatures and geopolitical commodities as actants in world affairs, as in processes of liberalization, democratization, and trade, but also to the distinctiveness of each local environment at its moments of transculturation. Based in extensive experience in collaborative, multilingual, interdisciplinary networks, the book synthesizes existing theoretical scholarship, provides original case studies of world-historical Victorian and modern writers, and articulates a new interdisciplinary methodology for literary studies in a global context. It will be of interest to Victorianists, modernists, comparatists, political theorists, translators, and scholars of world literatures, world ecology, and globalization.

Academic Writing and Identity Constructions

A Phaedrus Baroque art of maintenance or constant fabulating qualia becoming quality. Contemporary Issues in Early ... The critic as artist: Upon the importance of doing nothing and discussing everything. New York, NY: Mondial Books.

Author: Louise M. Thomas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030016746

Category: Education

Page: 209

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This book presents multiple cultural and contextual takes on working performances of academic/writer/thinker, both inside and outside the academy. With worldwide, seismic shifts taking place in both the contexts and terrains of universities, and subsequently the altering of what it means to write as an academic and work in academia, the editors and contributors use writing to position and re-position themselves as academics, thinkers and researchers. Using as a point of departure universities and academic/writing work contexts shaped by the increasing dominance of commodification, measurement and performativity, this volume explores responses to these evolving, shifting contexts. In response to the growing global interest in writing as performance, this book breaks new ground by theorizing multiple identity constructions of academic/writer/researcher; considering the possibilities and challenges of engaging in academic writing work in ways that are authentic and sustainable. This reflective and interdisciplinary volume will resonate with students and scholars of academic writing, as well as all those working to reconcile different facets of identity.

Myths of Marketing

Notes 1 Wilde, O (1891) The Critic as Artist (Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing and Discussing Everything), Mondial, New York 2 Cooper, B B (2016) How Twitter's expanded images increase clicks, retweets and favorites, Buffer, ...

Author: Grant Leboff

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN: 9780749483920

Category: Business & Economics

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It's common knowledge that marketing is nothing but advertising, and if your business comes through word of mouth then you don't need marketing anyway. Besides, everyone knows that social media is the best form of free marketing there is... don't they? The world of marketing is abound with a staggering number of misconceptions, fallacies and falsehoods. In Myths of Marketing, recognized industry expert Grant Leboff takes readers on a fascinating and entertaining journey through some of the most deeply entrenched stereotypes that exist in the industry, from the idea that sales and marketing are basically the same and that getting people's attention costs a lot of money, to the notion that demography is the best way to segment your market and 'content is king'. Using a combination of academic research, amusing examples and industry case studies, Myths of Marketing effectively debunks many of the most pervasive myths and assumptions, leaving readers with a clearer, more perceptive understanding of marketing as a whole, to improve their own practice and marketing strategy.

The Sandman The Elementary Spirit Two Mysterious Tales German Classics

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Author: E. T. A. Hoffmann

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 9781595691170

Category: Fiction

Page: 92

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No literature can produce a more original writer than Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann (1776 1822), a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, better known by his pen name E. T. A. Hoffmann (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann). His works are very numerous and were published at Berlin in fifteen volumes. He is the subject and hero of Jacques Offenbach's famous but fictional opera The Tales of Hoffmann.---Of the two tales in this book, "The Sandman" is from the collection "Night Pieces," and The Elementary Spirit is from his "Later Works." In these stories, Hoffmann's purpose is to point out the ill-effect of a morbid desire after an imaginary world, and a distaste for realities. Different as their adventures are, there is a striking similarity in the characters of Nathaniel (in "The Sandman") and Victor (in "The Elementary Spirit"). However wild may be the subjects of Hoffmann, and however rambling his method of treating them, his style is remarkably lucid.---The story of the Sandman had its origin in a discussion which actually took place between La Motte Fouque (a German writer of the romantic movement, 1777 1843) and some friends, at which Hoffmann was present. Some of the party found fault with the cold, mechanical deportment of a young lady of their acquaintance, while La Motte Fouque zealously defended her. Here Hoffmann caught the notion of the automaton Olympia, and the arguments used by Nathaniel are those that were employed by La Motte Fouque."

Minna Von Barnhelm Or the Soldier s Fortune

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Author: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 9781595691248

Category: Fiction

Page: 124

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781) was a German writer, philosopher, and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and other writings substantially influenced the development of German literature. --- The importance of Lessing's masterpiece in comedy, "Minna von Barnhelm," is difficult to exaggerate. It was the beginning of German national drama; and by the patriotic interest of its historical background, by its sympathetic treatment of the German soldier and the German woman, and by its happy blending of the amusing and the pathetic, it won a place in the national heart from which no succeeding comedy has been able to dislodge it. (Ernest Bell)

Pan Tadeusz Pan Thaddeus Polish Classics

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Author: Adam Mickiewicz

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 9781595691347

Category: Poetry

Page: 236

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Historical prose translation of the famous Polish verse epic. In the book, Tadeusz tells the story of two feuding noble families; it takes place in a fictional idyllic village, in 1811 and 1812, after the division of Poland-Lithuania between Russia, Prussia, and Austria. --- "No European nation of our day has such an epic as Pan Tadeusz. In it Don Quixote has been fused with the Iliad. ... Pan Tadeusz is a true epic. No more can be said or need be said." (Zygmunt Krasinski) --- "No play of Shakespeare, no long poem of Milton or Wordsworth or Tennyson, is so well known or so well beloved by the English people as is Pan Tadeusz by the Poles. To find a work equally well known one might turn to Defoe's prosaic tale of adventure, Robinson Crusoe; to find a work so beloved would be hardly possible." (George Rapall Noyes)

The Gods are Athirst French Classics

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Author: Anatole France

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 9781595690128

Category: Fiction

Page: 188

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Anatole France's novel The Gods are Athirst (Les Dieux ont soif, 1912) tells the story of the painter Evariste Gamelin, who developed into a fanatical Jacobin during the French Revolution at the beginning of the 90's in the 18th century. Filled with a sense of fairness and justice as a young man, he soon became a bloodthirsty judge, sending hundreds of people, including many innocent ones and even close friends, to the guillotine, until he himself became a victim of the historical developments.

Persuasion Northanger Abbey Two Novels

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Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 9781595691156

Category: Fiction

Page: 316

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This anthology contains two of Austen's works, "Persuasion" and "Northanger Abbey."

Signora Speranza Italian Classics

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Author: Luigi Pirandello

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 9781595691088

Category: Fiction

Page: 104

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Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), master of style, appeared first as poet, pure in style, severe in inspiration, but later "found himself" in writing humorous tales, novels and especially dramas. His humor, though at bottom sad and almost pessimistic, is not of a quiet sort. To him man appears as a creature more miserable than grotesque, eternally made sport of by the irony of fate. Such is the philosophy in "Signora Speranza", one of the most characteristic of his novellas. In 1934 Pirandello was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

Germinie Lacerteux French Classics

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Author: Edmond De Goncourt

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 9781595690678

Category: Fiction

Page: 188

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In his will, Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896) left a bequest in honor of his brother Jules de Goncourt (1830-1870) to establish and support a French literary salon, the Academie Goncourt, and later the famous Prix Goncourt, an award that to this day remains France's most significant literary prize. --- The Goncourt brothers, who co-authored a series of novels on social themes, were among the founders of literary "Naturalism" in France. Emile Zola would emerge as this movement's most important representative in his cycle of novels "Les Rougon- Macquart". --- Among the novels co-written by the Goncourt brothers, "Germinie Lacerteux" (1865) is especially noteworthy. The double-live of the novel's Parisian domestic servant, who is ground down and destroyed by the conditions she lives in, but who for decades keeps these conditions hidden from her employer, continues to captivate book-lovers in France and the rest of the world to this day.

Ursula Swiss German Classics

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Author: Gottfried Keller

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 9781595690838

Category: Fiction

Page: 108

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From the cycle "Zurich Novellas" by Gottfried Keller: In 1877 Gottfried Keller published his "Zurich Novellas" (Züricher Novellen), a series of short novels dealing with the history of Zurich and Switzerland. "Ursula" is a love story between a Swiss soldier and the daughter of a farmer during the time of the Swiss Reformation lead by Ulrich Zwingli and at the beginning of the Anabaptist movement in Europe in the 16th century. --- "Gottfried Keller was one of the foremost Swiss novelists and one of the most original figures of German literature since Goethe, a master of style worthy to be classed with the great names of all ages." (John Albrecht Walz)