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Transatlantic circulation of children's fiction prose in Rio de Janeiro during the second half of the 19th Century (1850-1914)

Grant number: 15/23513-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2016
Effective date (End): November 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Literature Theory
Principal researcher:Orna Messer Levin
Grantee:Suzana Palermo de Sousa
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil

Abstract

During the 19th century, there was the dissemination of printed, mainly in Rio de Janeiro, due to the arrival of the Royal Family and the consequent coming of editors and merchants. This is the period, associated with atention to the notion of childhood, that intensified the publication of children's books, being the editors the likely main mediators in the book-reader process. However, the fictional titles that have circulated among Rio de Janeiro's children are analyzed genuinely, without being connected with transnational ideas and common formation of literary taste. When they are, they focus on only one editor, and also do not consider possible designation for male and female children. Through a survey on primary sources, the aim of this research is to map children's titles that circulated in Rio de Janeiro during the second half of the nineteenth century. Cultural exchange of children's literature, specially by the editors work, it could indicate a common formation of literary taste since childhood, thus contributing to the research in progress of the thematic project "The transatlantic circulation of printed matter - the globalization of culture in the 19th century" which also analyzes the formation of literary taste.

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