A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Picasso's Bilingual Poetry
August 28th, 2023 (CST)
Prof. Enrique Mallen, Professor in Sam Houston State University
- Intercultural Competence
- Critical Thinking
- Language Development
Dr. Enrique Mallen is Professor at Sam Houston State University. He regularly teaches courses on language, art and culture. He is Director of the Online Picasso Project. He has published extensively on language, art and literature. Among his most recent publications are the books Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar: A Period of Conflict (1936-1946) (2021) and Pablo Picasso: The Aphrodite Period (1924-1936) (2020).
The onset of Pablo Picasso's writing is said to have coincided with a marital crisis as well as the deteriorating sociopolitical situation in his home country. This brought about a substantial decrease in his pictorial output. Writing now became his alternative outlet. He had always been interested in writing. As early as 1893, when he was just 12 years old, Picasso had started to write a periodical. The following year he started a second one illustrated with portraits and caricatures. At age 20, during his brief stay in Madrid, he had also coedited a new art and literary journal called Arte Joven. If these earlier incursions into verbal expression show Picasso's proclivity for language, his interest in linguistic representation really came to fruition in 1911, as he started inserting strings of words into his compositions. My claim is that he resorted to writing as a venue to think through these problems.
I examine Picasso's poems as thinking tools both for the artist and for the viewer. His poetry is primarily conjunctive. He frequently made additions as he revised his poems, and those added phrases are often conjuncts. They are purposely often placed at different levels, or in the margins, etc., as if they were footnoted "afterthoughts."" His labyrinthine writing works through paratactic relations between terms, resulting in semantic concatenations that are held together (and simultaneously separated) by spatial metonymical juxtapositions. We also examine the fact that in both his writing and his art, Picasso was fundamentally a multidisciplinary artist. Very often, his work in one "language" had a direct impact on another. The crossover between media is the norm, rather than the exception for Picasso, and this has linguistic and cognitive beneficial outcomes.
Scope and Information for participants
We explore the type of poetry Picasso produced. This is a form of writing that is oriented towards language itself. He made frequent additions and revisions of his poems. The added phrases are often conjunctive, and are purposely placed at different levels, or in the margins, etc., as if they were footnoted "afterthoughts." His labyrinthine writing works through paratactic relations between terms, resulting in semantic concatenations that are held together (and simultaneously separated) by spatial meto-nymical juxtapositions. I also examine the interrelation between different media in Picasso. In both his writing and his art, he was fundamentally a multidisciplinary artist. The crossover between media is the norm, rather than the exception for Picasso. Very often, his work in one "language" had a direct impact on another. I examine the cognitive advantages of such an interdisciplinary approach.
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