‘Humiliation as a Way of Life’

Adam Thirlwell writing on ‘How Baudelaire Revolutionized Modern Literature’:

The investigation of tone in Baudelaire is an investigation into humiliation; and this humiliation, in Baudelaire’s theory, is the result of his conviction—to us, perhaps, counter-intuitive—that everything natural is corrupt. […] All of Baudelaire’s writing is based on this refusal of Nature as natural. Instead, what is really natural is melancholy, and perversion.

More at the New Republic.

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