Poetry into painting: Mallarmé, Picasso, and punning

Shingler, Katherine (2013) Poetry into painting: Mallarmé, Picasso, and punning. French Cultural Studies, 24 (4). pp. 346-358. ISSN 1740-2352

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This article gives a critical assessment of the relationship between the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé and the Cubist painting and collage of Pablo Picasso. Taking in a range of critical sources that have insisted on Picasso’s ‘mallarmisme’, the article sets out to shift scholarly debate away from its focus on Picasso’s punning reference to Un coup de dés in a 1912 collage, and its suggestion of a dialogue between poet and painter around high art and its relationship to popular, commercial forms of production. It proposes that we instead focus our attention on the punning structures shared by Mallarmé and Picasso’s work more generally – structures which give rise to a sense of simultaneity, or overlaps of meaning, and which ultimately suggest that in engaging with Mallarmé’s poetry Picasso was self-consciously reflecting on the notion of painting as a kind of language, with its own syntax.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cubism, linguistic analogy, Stéphane Mallarmé, Pablo Picasso, pictorial syntax, simultaneity, text−image relationships
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of French and Francophone Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0957155813501118
Depositing User: Shingler, Katherine
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 12:10
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 08:47
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/33899

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