Le Poète baudelairien: un Homme révolté? Réflexion sur l’esthétique du mal comme révolte métaphysique

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This article explores Charles Baudelaire’s aesthetics of evil through the Camusian concept of “metaphysical revolt.” As defined in L’Homme révolté, this rebellious attitude strives to oppose the existential distress that modern humanity feels when in contact with the absurd and the irrationality of life. In art, individuals who revolt, such as the Surrealists, aim to alleviate metaphysical discomfort by generating aesthetic rules from the world’s contingency and arbitrariness. With these new perceptive norms, the artists are able to reestablish a sense of order and control over existence. By analyzing the creative process and the metaphysical benefits of Baudelaire’s poetics of evil, this study examines the extent to which his aesthetics can be considered a Camusian revolt. (In French)

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Aurélie Van de Wiele
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43.1-2