Comparative Perspectives on the Rise of the Brazilian Novel

Edited by Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva and Sandra Guardini Vasconcelos


Comparative Perspectives on the Rise of the Brazilian Novel presents a framework of comparative literature based on a systemic and empirical approach to the study of the novel and applies that framework to the analysis of key nineteenth-century Brazilian novels. The works under examination were published during the period in which the forms and procedures of the novel were acclimatized as the genre established and consolidated itself in Brazil.

The 15 original essays by experienced and early career scholars explore the links between themes, narrative paradigms, and techniques of Brazilian, European and North American novels and the development of the Brazilian novel. The European and North American novels cover a wide range of literary traditions and periods, and are in conversation with the different novelistic trends that characterize the rise of the genre in Brazil. Chapters reflect on both canonical and lesser-known Brazilian works from a comparatist perspective: from the first novel by an Afro-Brazilian woman, Maria Firmina dos Reis’s Ursula (1859) to Machado de Assis’s Dom Casmurro (1900); and from José de Alencar’s Indianist novel, Iracema (1865), to Júlia Lopes de Almeida’s A Falência (The Bankruptcy, 1901).

Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva is Associate Professor of Brazilian Studies, UCL.

Sandra Guardini Vasconcelos is Full Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of São Paulo (USP). She has authored articles and chapters both in Brazil and abroad, and has recently edited Books and Periodicals in Brazil 1768-1930: A Transatlantic Perspective with Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva (Legenda, 2014) and Tropical Gothic in Literature and Culture; the Americas with Justin D. Edwards (Routledge, 2016).

Introduction: A Novel Approach to the Rise of the Brazilian Novel

 Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva and Sandra Guardini Vasconcelos

1. Misterios el Plata: (Dis)Figuring History to Forge a Space for a Woman’s Agency

 Rita Terezinha Schmidt

2. The Historical Significance of Memórias de um sargento de milícias

 Edu Teruki Otsuka

3. A providência, recordação dos tempos coloniais and the Novel in Brazil

 Marcus Vinicius Nogueira Soares

4. Maria Firmina dos Reis and the First Afro-Brazilian Novel

 Eduardo de Assis Duarte

5. 'A suspicious sound interrupted the gentle harmony': Iracema, by José de Alencar

Thiago Rhys Bezerra Cass

6. Displaced Experience and Magic Compromise

 Jorge de Almeida

7. Brazilian Landscape: A Study of Inocência

 Eduardo Vieira Martins

8. Silences and Voices of Slavery:  A escrava Isaura and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

 Heloisa Toller Gomes

9. The Construction of Pseudo-Modern Individuals in Senhora  by José de Alencar

 Maria Eulália Ramicelli  

10. Maria Benedita Câmara Bormann’s Lésbia: The Creation of the Woman Writer in Brazil

 Margaret Anne Clarke

11. O Ateneu:  A Singular Masterpiece about the Nineteenth-Century Civilizational Crisis

 André Luiz Barros da Silva

12. O aborto and the Rise of Erotic Popular Print in Late Nineteenth-Century Brazil,

Leonardo Mendes

13. Machado de Assis and the Novel

 Sandra Guardini Vasconcelos

14. Capitu against the Elegiac Narrator

 Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva

15. On Moral and Financial Bankruptcy: Adultery and Financial Speculation in A falência by Júlia Lopes de Almeida

 Cintia Kozonoi Vezzani  


Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

336 Pages

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787354722

Publication: May 14, 2020

Series: Comparative Literature and Culture

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