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El cadáver exquisito de César Vallejo [The exquisite corpse of Cesar Vallejo]

Hart, SM; (2018) El cadáver exquisito de César Vallejo [The exquisite corpse of Cesar Vallejo]. Archivo Vallejo , 1 (1) pp. 325-348. 10.34092/av.v1i1.33. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper intends to provide a fresh understanding of Vallejo’s poems through an interpretation of the poem «¡Oh botella sin vino! ¡Oh vino que enviudó de esta botella!...» (‘Oh bottle without wine! Oh wine the widower of this bottle!...’). The first part is focused on the troubled relationship between Vallejo and the surrealism, and particularly in his famous line «cadáver exquisito» (‘exquisite corpse’). The facet of the compositional technique of Vallejo found in four of his ‘autograph’ early drafts of Poemas humanos (‘Human Poems’, 1938) and published in the 2003 by Edition Flo-Hart is also analyzed. It is proposed that, in «¡Oh botella sin vino! ¡Oh vino que enviudó de esta botella!...» Vallejo recognizes that the avant-garde - including surrealism - was part of his artistic training, but finally he rejects the «vino muerto» (‘the dead wine’) of surrealism. The second part of the paper evaluates Vallejo’s projection, specifically in ‘Human Poems’, of his own ‘exquisite corpse’.

Type: Article
Title: El cadáver exquisito de César Vallejo [The exquisite corpse of Cesar Vallejo]
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.34092/av.v1i1.33
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.34092/av.v1i1.33
Language: English
Additional information: © Archivo Vallejo. Revista de Investigación del Centro de Estudios Vallejianos. Esta obra está bajo una licencia de Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 4.0 Internacional (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Cesar Vallejo, surrealism, exquisite corpse, poetic manifesto, Poemas humanos (‘Human Poems’)
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10080010
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