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Between Disbelief and Seduction: reinterpretations of the myth of Don Juan in Álvares de Azevedo and Castro Alves.

Grant number: 11/04728-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Brazilian Literature
Principal researcher:Vagner Camilo
Grantee:Tereza Cristina Mauro
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This project unfolds an earlier research carried out with scientific initiation scholarship granted by FAPESP and consists in the study of the dialogue by the romantic poets Álvares de Azevedo (1831 - 1852) and Castro Alves (1847 - 1871) with the myth of Don Juan. This approach has the purpose to capture how the transformations undergone in the design of the myth in the passage of lyrical love azevediana for the castroalvina are result of the different approaches of love for both poets, which vacillated between highly idealized love and carnal desire, related to disbelief and sarcasm in the work of the first, while the presence of the myth in the second would have a decisive contribution to a fuller experience love.Detailed examination of the appropriation of such a myth, based on the worldview introduced by Romanticism, allows review on a new basis the said renewal (concept always debatable when put in the light of the myths and precepts put into circulation by the romantics in the european context) assigned to treatment dispensed to a woman in the lyric of Castro Alves, without resorting to anachronistic affiliations, such as realism avant la lettre. This thorough examination allows also support the insertion of the bahian poet in the literary system of then, from an internal analysis of the poems that address the myth in question, revealing dialogues and tensions in comparison with the treatment of this common theme in the lyric of the bahian poet and the previous generation, whose figurehead is Álvares de Azevedo.

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MAURO, Tereza Cristina . Between Disbelief and Seduction: Reinterpretations of the Myth of Don Juan in Álvares de Azevedo and Castro Alves. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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