Comparative Perspectives on the Rise of the Brazilian Novel

Edited by Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva and Sandra Guardini Vasconcelos


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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, therefore, published during the period in which the forms and procedures of the novel were acclimatised as the genre established and consolidated itself in Brazil.

The fifteen 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 characterise 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 Senior Lecturer in Brazilian Studies, UCL. She has published articles, book chapters on the works of Machado de Assis, Artur Azevedo and Joseph Conrad, and on the relationship between fashion, literature and the press. She is the author of Machado de Assis's Philosopher or Dog? From Serial to Book Form (2010).

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, Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva and Sandra Guardini Vasconcelos

Chapter 1: Misterios el Plata: (Des)Figuring History to Forge a Space for a Woman’s Agency, Rita Terezinha Schmidt

Chapter 2: The Historical Significance of Memórias de um sargento de milícias, Edu Teruki Otsuka

Chapter 3: A providência, recordação dos tempos coloniais and the Novel in Brazil, Marcus Vinicius Nogueira Soares

Chapter 4: Maria Firmina dos Reis and the First Afro-Brazilian Novel, Eduardo de Assis Duarte

Chapter 5: “A Suspicious Sound Interrupted the Gentle Harmony”: Iracema, by José de Alencar, Thiago Rhys Bezerra Cass

Chapter 6: Displaced Experience and Magic Compromise, Jorge de Almeida

Chapter 7: Brazilian Landscape: A Study of Inocência, Eduardo Vieira Martins

Chapter 8: Silences and Voices of Slavery:  A escrava Isaura  and  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Heloisa Toller Gomes

Chapter 9: The Construction of Pseudo-Modern Individuals in Senhora  by José de Alencar, Maria Eulália Ramicelli  

Chapter 10: Maria Benedita Câmara Bormann’s Lésbia: The Creation of the Woman Writer in Brazil, Margaret Anne Clarke

Chapter 11:  O Ateneu:   A Singular Masterpiece about the Nineteenth-Century Civilizational Crisis, André

Luiz Barros da Silva

Chapter 12: O aborto  and the Rise of Erotic Popular Print in Late Nineteenth-Century Brazil,  Leonardo Mendes

Chapter 13: Machado de Assis and the Novel, Sandra Guardini Vasconcelos

Chapter 14: Capitu against the Elegiac Narrator, Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva

Chapter 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

338 Pages

1 B&W illustration Illustrations

1 B&W illustration

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787354722

Publication: May 04, 2020

Series: Comparative Literature and Culture

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