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The relation among poetic narrative, memory and oblivion in Memória de Elefante, by António Lobo Antunes

Grant number: 14/05044-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2014
Effective date (End): August 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Literature Theory
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Márcio Scheel
Grantee:Daniella Sigoli Pereira
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil


The focus analysis of this project is study the memory and the oblivion, noticing in which way such elements are related and are presented in Memória de Elefante, so that this makes the narrative approaching of Tadié (1994) defines as poetic narrative. According to the author, this narrative model explores poetry and novel traits, becoming, however, exempt of versification required in the first one (although without missing the rhythm that it being managed by memorialistics interruptions and by loneliness flagged throughout the narrative) and of linearity that is the fundamental characteristic of the second one. The elements that will be approached in this project and can contribute to this construction, but not necessarily make a narrative be poetic, refer to a subjectivity of time and the use of a highly figurative narrative-descriptive language, mainly through the use of metaphor and metonymy. The subjectivity time can be observed in the form the protagonist of Memória de Elefante, by the interior monologue, interrupts the narrator's ordered and objective discourse to presents his involuntary memories, producing a discourse that can be understood as fragmentary in some moments. Likewise, this procedure allows that two other essential elements for the poetic narrative understanding manifest itself in the novel: a character loneliness and incommunicability. Concerning the narrative figuration process, the use of metaphors and metonymies to the place and characters constructions make the descriptions converted into a tangle of complex and sophisticated images, meaning according to Tadié (1994), the creation of another literary world, less logic, ordered and rational. Such relations and stimulus created from memory and oblivion are given due to linguistic and discursive elements that will deepen and expand along the Portuguese author literary production. Therefore, our main objective is study and demonstrate how such elements appear configured in Memória de Elefante, creating a discourse that, though shyly, question totalitarian and organizer narrator image to cede position to an internal focus connected to the protagonist image. (AU)

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PEREIRA, Daniella Sigoli. The relation between poetic narrative, memory and oblivion in Memória de elefante, by António Lobo Antunes. 2016. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Instituto de Biociências Letras e Ciências Exatas. São José do Rio Preto São José do Rio Preto.

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