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Júlia Lopes de Almeida at the scene: a study about her unpublished artistic production

Grant number: 10/17651-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2011
Effective date (End): January 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Brazilian Literature
Principal Investigator:Marcos Antonio de Moraes
Grantee:Michele Asmar Fanini
Host Institution: Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros (IEB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Being one of the foremost exponent prose writers of the "tropical belle époque", whose name had been considered amongst the founders of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, Júlia Lopes de Almeida (1862-1934) has not yet gotten from the literary critics and other literary researchers the due attention. Such assertion has become even more evident after 2007 when I initiated my research on her literary heritage, which is maintained by Claudio Lopes de Almeida. Composed by an extensive writing collection that ranges from diaries, postcards, letters, unpublished handwritten and typed manuscripts, the collection was enlightening not only because of Julia Lopes' stylistic versatility, but also her artistic verve. What called my attention in this collection was a set of ten plays which has her signature (I was able to research on the digital version of this work) and has not been explored yet, therefore, being completely unknown. Confronted with these discoveries and with the possibility of continuing the study about this writer, which I initiated in my doctoral research, this project has as its main objective a sociological analysis of the plays mentioned, aiming at identifying the writer's feminine contributions to the Brazilian dramaturgy of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, based on Julia Lopes' experience as dramaturge and the liaisons between art and gender. It is important to remember that, with the help of the genetic criticism, the present research will be preceded by a thorough investigation that involves a work of organization, periodization, classification of the material being researched. (in the case of the autographs, a transcription will also be needed).

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