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1-4/2007

XLIV
Issued: 18th December 2007
Quarterly
Founded: 1964
ISSN: 0014 –1291
Language: Czech, English

The Power of the Image: Václav Havel's Visual Poetry

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/76/the-power-of-the-picture-the-visual-poetry-of-vaclav-havel

 

The author seeks here to link Havel’s well-known dramatic output with his visual poetry, which is far less known. The notion of the double bind, the author argues, is a predominant trope of Havel’s oeuvre. By applying Grelling’s paradox to Havel’s visual texts, the author illustrates the techniques Havel uses to produce logograms whose visual representation contradicts the verbal message conveyed by them.