Third World literary fortunes : Brazilian culture and its international reception /
Piers Armstrong.
Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1999.
262 p. ; 25 cm.
083875404X (alk. paper)
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Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1999.
083875404X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-256) and index.
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Treating both popular and high Brazilian culture and its reception abroad, Armstrong takes the position that Brazil's European-oriented literary elite has failed to attract an international readership because it has ignored the African element in Brazilian culture. This is a fatal flaw because Africanness is the quality that most foreigners associate with Brazil. The author maintains that Brazilian sociology, ethnology, and music have drawn their inspiration from popular culture, but literature has not. As a result, works of geniuses like Rosa and Drummond are too cosmopolitan and individualistic to be well received internationally--and they do not satisfy a taste for exoticism. By contrast, Jorge Amado enjoys widespread international acclaim because his boisterous Bahian narratives celebrate negritude and unabashed essentialism. Throughout, Armstrong contrasts the vitality of Afro-Brazilian popular culture with the blandness of the Euro-Brazilian intellectual tradition. He comes down hard on Brazil's literati, but perhaps overestimates the Bahian contribution to the cultural mosaic. But these minor criticisms notwithstanding, Armstrong's book makes a significant contribution to Latin American cultural studies. It is most suitable for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. D. L. Heyck; Loyola University Chicago
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This study focuses on the inverse symmetry between the national and international receptions of two Brazilian writers, Joao Guimaras Rosa and Jorge Amado. The Rosa case compounds that of other great writers, including Machado de Assis, Mario de Andrade and Carlos Drummond; Amado's is a singular exception. The study also examines how differences in the evolution of Brazilian and Spanish American literature are related to the virtual absence of the former from the mid-century "boom" of Latin American narrative.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Modernismos: The Historical Character of Modern Brazilian Literature in the Context of Latin Americap. 21
The Brazilian Writers and Their Workp. 45
Joao Guimaraes Rosap. 45
Machado de Assis, Mario de Andrade, Carlos Drummond de Andradep. 71
Jorge Amadop. 90
Domestic and International Receptionp. 110
Joao Guimaraes Rosap. 110
Machado de Assis, Mario de Andrade, Carlos Drummond de Andradep. 128
Jorge Amadop. 133
North American Critical Perspectives of Brazilian Literaturep. 146
Comparative International Reception of Brazilian and Spanish American Modernismsp. 150
Socioanthropology and Popular Culturep. 158
Gilberto Freyre and Brazilian Popular Cultural Identityp. 159
The Hegemony of Rio de Janeirop. 172
Carnaval and Social Theoriesp. 182
Music as a National Cultural Forump. 203
Shifting Aesthetic Fault Lines and Cultural Fortunesp. 213
Third World Culture on the Marketp. 221
Brazilian Modernism versus Socioanthropological Populismp. 223
Jorge Amado: Compatability of His Project and the Emerging Popular Cultural Ideologyp. 229
Joao Guimaraes Rosa: The Interpretation of His Reception as a Paradigm for Brazilian Modernismp. 236
Notesp. 242
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 257
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