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Laud and distinction in Colonial Brazil (XVIIth and XVIIIth Centuries)

Grant number: 17/01498-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2017
Effective date (End): March 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Jean Marcel Carvalho França
Grantee:Clara Braz dos Santos
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais (FCHS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Franca. Franca , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/14786-6 - Writings on new worlds: a history of the construction of moral values in Portuguese, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):17/25162-4 - The nobility devotions on the edifying writings of the colonial Brazil (seventeenth and eighteenth centuries), BE.EP.DR


In Brazil of the seventeenth and eighteenth Centuries, clergymen and moralists produced a series of encomiastic writings - eulogies, panegyrics, sermons, prayers and sonnets - in praise of men and women who were considered great, such as kings, queens, princesses, bishops, archbishops, governors, viceroys and their respective ladies. Being proclaimed during ceremonies and public parties which celebrated specific moments of their lives - births, birthdays, weddings and deaths - the encomia should extol members of the monarchy, the colonial and metropolitan nobility and diffuse conduct models for the nobles that lived in Brazil. Another set of texts, the books of devotion and penitential sermons produced by the same scholars, contributed to the diffusion of moral values among the colonial nobility that were worthy of their estate, and helped ground the encomia. Throughout these two centuries, settlers who used to be plebeians had their feats in war, entrance or merchandise acknowledged by the Portuguese monarchs. Prized with the ascension to the second state, these distinguished settlers started to inhabit the colony frequently, making it imperative that the scholars of then moralized their costumes. From the examples of illustrious men and women, this research intends to investigate, overall, what qualities and virtuous feats were extolled in the encomia, with the objective of understanding the value frameworks that would direct the actions of the colony nobles. (AU)

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Scientific publications
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CLARA BRAZ DOS SANTOS; MILENA DA SILVEIRA PEREIRA. A cochonilha no mundo luso-brasileiro: o manuscrito setecentista editado por Manuel Joaquim Henriques de Paiva. História, Ciências, Saúde : Manguinhos, v. 27, n. 1, p. 275-303, . (13/14786-6, 17/01498-3)
Academic Publications
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SANTOS, Clara Braz dos. Praise and distinction in colonial Brazil: the virtuous deeds of the nobility in the 17 th and 18 th centuries. 2021. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais. Franca Franca.

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