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Amazement and growth of the Paulicéia: tensions between urbanism and literature in the modern São Paulo City

Grant number: 15/01700-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2015
Effective date (End): January 21, 2018
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Fundamentals of Architecture and Urbanism
Principal Investigator:Telma de Barros Correia
Grantee:Cinthia Aparecida Tragante
Host Institution: Instituto de Arquitetura e Urbanismo de São Carlos (IAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


The city of São Paulo, on the turning of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century, went through an accelerated urban growth that showed economic, social, cultural and artistic impacts. The Modernist Literature, inspired by the European ideas of breaking established standards, finds in this city under transformation a fertile place for the rupture declarations and exultation of the urbanity and its signs, like the speed and industrialization. This same literature, on the other hand, shows close relations with a provincial elite that seems to appropriate the modernist ideas to associate São Paulo city to a modern and progressive identity with a heroic bandeirista past. Later, on the 30´s, the city starts to show more evidently its problems, derived from the accelerated growth. In this same context, the Brazilian Modernist Literature turns itself to deeper questions, like the social structure from a critical view. In this context, this research has the objective of studying the symbiotic relations between Architecture and Urbanism of the city of São Paulo with the Modernist Literature, during the 1920´s and 1930´s. The primary research sources are the technical journals - that deal with urban transformation - with literary periodicals - that show the city representations. This work will focus on understanding who the agents were, which actions were practiced and which discourses represented each group, to delineate and understand the relations between the research subjects, showing its tensions and contradictions, starting from the interference and articulation points. (AU)

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TRAGANTE, Cinthia Aparecida. Amazement on the modern São Paulo city: representation and urban imaginary in technical and literary journals (1910- 1930). 2019. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC/SBD) São Carlos.

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