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Romance, normativity and possible worlds in José de Alencar and Machado de Assis

Grant number: 17/22998-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): August 21, 2018
Effective date (End): February 20, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Brazilian Literature
Principal researcher:Marcos Roberto Flamínio Peres
Grantee:Marcos Roberto Flamínio Peres
Host: Thomas Pavel
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Chicago, United States  


This project intends to cope with romance, a major mode of the theory of narrative which affects especially 19th century literature, as Walter Scott´s Waverley, Balzac´s Le père Goriot and Victor Hugo´s Les misérables effectivelly shows (Frye; Brooks). In this case, one shall concentrate on two of the most important Brazilian novelists of that period, José de Alencar and Machado de Assis, especially O guarani (1857) and Esaú e Jacó (1904), respectively. Despite being considered historical novels, all of them bring romance into the center of the plot, not only as "formulaic techniques" (Frye) but also and mainly as a normative issue, working as a "contre-modèle de la réalité" (Schaeffer) and a sign of a "difficulté axiologique" (Pavel). In this sense, romance represents the quintessence of possible worlds since it boosts the "world-creating powers of imagination" (Pavel). This is entirely true for the novels studied, as this research intends to prove.

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MARCOS FLAMÍNIO PERES. O quarto de Ceci: paisagem, natureza-morta e desejo em O guarani, de José de Alencar. Alea: Estudos Neolatinos, v. 21, n. 3, p. 17-32, . (17/22998-4)

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