Distraction #54: Stephane Mallarme

Back when I was in graduate school, on the eve of my oral examination on theatre history of the nineteenth century, I dreamed that Mallarme was my lover. Poet, critic, linguist, modernist. Symbolist. Probably one of the first people to do what is now called semiotics. He played with language, both the text and the sound, a lot. He influenced Derrida, Kristeva, Debussy, Man Ray, Barthes, Yeats and every other modernist artist.

This is a younger Mallarme painted by Manet.


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