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José de Alencar in Europe and the effort to consecrate the Brazilian literature

Grant number: 14/09955-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): August 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature
Principal Investigator:Márcia Azevedo de Abreu
Grantee:Valéria Cristina Bezerra
Supervisor abroad: Jean-Yves Mollier
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France  
Associated to the scholarship:13/06477-3 - José de Alencar and the tension between domestic and foreign in the making of Brazilian literature, BP.DR

Abstract

This work is part of the thematic project of FAPESP "The transatlantic circulation of printed matter - the globalization of culture in the 19th century", which is linked to the international cooperation project, that has the same title as the thematic one, and whose managers are professor Márcia Abreu and professor Jean-Yves Mollier. This research aims to understand the process to create the Brazilian literature in an international context of production, selling and reading of novels, focusing our attention on José de Alencar's case. This writer is a symbol of Brazilian literature establishment in 19th century and he was chosen to be export at the same period, conquering readers in Italy, Germany, England and France. It shows the necessity of researches on the circulation and evaluation of Brazilian literature in Europe, moreover in France, a central gamer in the field of world literary consecration. Besides that, France had an important relationship with Brazil during the 19th century. With the purpose of making this aspect reasonable, we will search for the presence of Alencar's works and name in Europe between 1863 and 1907; we will consult French booksellers' catalogues published between 1857 and 1877, in order to compare them with the Brazilian's, which are in the database created in the thematic project; likewise, we will analyse the foreign critical reception of Alencar's works and of the Brazilian literature between 1863 and 1907. (AU)