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Boredom and Novel

Grant number: 15/21668-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2016
Effective date (End): January 17, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Literature Theory
Principal researcher:Antonio Alcir Bernardez Pecora
Grantee:Daniel Reizinger Bonomo
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/01833-7 - Mouth wide open: Camilo Castelo Branco between yawn and astonishment in the rise of the Portuguese novel, BE.EP.PD


The proposal is to investigate the relationship between boredom and novelistic fiction by considering subject, textual elements, historical and contemporary issues concerning the novel as a literary genre. Boredom acquires here more than one sense: it serves as a counterpart to the ideological entertainment often associated with literary experience; it gives shape to form and specific temporalities of the novel; it is a thematic field mainly present from 19th century novels onwards. The objective is to establish a theoretical framework by investigating one constitutive aspect of the novel therefore proper to its comprehension and reading.