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Literature and Ethics in Contemporary Brazil





ISBN 9781138230316
Published March 6, 2017 by Routledge
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When Brazil was honored at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2013, the Brazilian author Luiz Ruffato opened the event with a provocative speech claiming that literature, through its pervasive depiction and discussion of ‘otherness,’ has the potential to provoke ethical transformation. This book uses Ruffato’s speech as a starting point for the discussion of contemporary Brazilian literature that stands in contrast to the repetition of social and cultural clichés. By illuminating the relevance of humanities and literature as a catalyst for rethinking Brazil, the book offers a resistance to the official discourses that have worked for so long to conceal social tensions, injustices, and secular inequities in Brazilian society. In doing so, it situates Brazilian literature away from the exotic and peripheral spectrum, and closer to a universal and more relevant ethical discussion for readers from all parts of the world. The volume brings together fresh contributions on both canonical contemporary authors such as Graciliano Ramos, Rubem Fonseca, and Dalton Trevisan, and traditionally silenced writing subjects such as Afro-Brazilian female authors. These essays deal with specific contemporary literary and social issues while engaging with historically constitutive phenomena in Brazil, including authoritarianism, violence, and the systematic violation of human rights. The exploration of diverse literary genres -- from novels to graphic novels, from poetry to crônicas -- and engagement with postcolonial studies, gender studies, queer studies, cultural studies, Brazilian studies, South American literature, and world literature carves new space for the emergence of original Brazilian thought.

Table of Contents



Contents





List of Figures



Acknowledgements



Contributors



Foreword



DOMINIC RAINSFORD





Introduction



VINICIUS MARIANO DE CARVALHO and NICOLA GAVIOLI



1. 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair’s Speech



LUIZ RUFFATO



2. Brazilian Contemporary Fiction and the Representation of Poverty



REGINA DALCASTAGNÈ







3. Memorials of Words: The Victim in Brazilian Literature



ROBERTO VECCHI



4. Deciphered Brazil and Enigma Brazil: Notes on Social Exclusion and Violence in Contemporary Brazilian Literature



EDIMILSON DE ALMEIDA PEREIRA





5. Journeys of Resistance in Afro-Brazilian Literature: the Case of Conceição Evaristo



SARA BRANDELLERO



6. Growing Up to Human Rights: The Bildungsroman and the Discourse of Human Rights in Um defeito de cor



LEILA LEHNEN



7. Narrating other Perspectives, Re-drawing History. The Protagonization of Afro-Brazilians in the Work of Graphic Novelist Marcelo d’Salete



JASMIN WROBEL





8. Neither Here nor There: Unsettling Encounters in Paulo Scott’s Habitante Irreal



CLAIRE WILLIAMS







9. Can’t You Hear my Call? The Guarani Kaiowá Letter and the Right to Land and Literature in Brazil



MARÍLIA LIBRANDI-ROCHA







10. In Search of a New Invisibilty



DENILSON LOPES



11. Revisions of Masculinity under Dictatorship: Gabeira, Caio and Noll



IDELBER AVELAR







12. Testimonial Performance: Fictions of the Real in Contemporary Art



MÁRCIO SELIGMANN-SILVA





13. Lyrical Guides to the Peripheries of Rio de Janeiro: Two Historical Moments



FELIPE BOTELHO CORRÊA



14. Nicolas Behr’s Futuristic braxília and the Critical Reinvention of Brasiliensidade (brasília-em-cidade)



STEVEN F. BUTTERMAN





15. The Night Explodes in the Cities: Three Hypotheses about Vinagre: uma antologia de poetas neobarracos



GUSTAVO SILVEIRA RIBEIRO

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Editor(s)

Biography

Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho is Lecturer at King’s Brazil Institute at King's College London, UK.





Nicola Gavioli is Assistant Professor of Portuguese at Florida International University, USA.