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The Triumph of Brazilian Modernism The Metanarrative of Emancipation and Counter-Narratives

by Saulo Gouveia

Part of the Romance Languages and Literature Series

The Triumph of Brazilian Modernism The Metanarrative of Emancipation and Counter-Narratives Synopsis

The Triumph of Brazilian Modernism studies the first steps of the movement in Brazil and some of its texts. Its first part explains how modernists produced a meta-discourse that legitimized their own work, and how state cultural policies assured their canonization by disseminating overviews, anthologies, and histories of Brazilian Modernism throughout the educational system. From the 1950s onwards, Brazilian criticism and historiography incorporated many of these self-legitimizing arguments into a totalizing narrative of triumph and maturity of Brazilian literary expression. The second part looks at aspects of Brazilian Modernism that were overlooked by this totalizing narrative. Its three chapters examine the ambiguous relationship with modernity expressed in themes of Paulista identity and hegemony in the works of Paulo Prado, Mario de Andrade, and Oswald de Andrade.

The Triumph of Brazilian Modernism The Metanarrative of Emancipation and Counter-Narratives Press Reviews

[A] rich and detailed study. . . . Gouveia's analysis invites further study of the period.--Hispania Challenges its reader to ask how and why Modernism has become so revered as a pivotal moment of rupture in the history of Brazilian literature.--Luso-Brazilian Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781469609997
Publication date: 30th December 2013
Author: Saulo Gouveia
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general,

About Saulo Gouveia

Saulo Gouveia is associate professor of Portuguese at Michigan State University.

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