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Paratexts To Frida Kahlo's Oeuvre: The Relationship Between The Visual And The Textual, The Self And The Other, From The Self-Portraits To The Diary Entries, Levilson C. Reis Jan 2012

Paratexts To Frida Kahlo's Oeuvre: The Relationship Between The Visual And The Textual, The Self And The Other, From The Self-Portraits To The Diary Entries, Levilson C. Reis

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This article examines the relationship between the visual and the textual in Frida Kahlo’s paintings and writings. It argues that an understanding of this relationship would offer a better picture of Kahlo’s oeuvre. The article begins with an examination of the dedicatory inscriptions in the self-portraits, engaging with Gérard Genette’s concept of paratext and Philippe Lejeune’s autobiographical pact, as a prelude to the study of the relationship between text and drawings in the diary. In a close reading of the diary, informed by Jacques Lacan’s theories of subject formation and object relations, the article goes ...