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From the press to the pages: the Brazilian literature in book collections, 19th century

Grant number: 17/10282-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2018
Effective date (End): February 29, 2020
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Brazilian Literature
Principal Investigator:Lucia Granja
Grantee:Odair Dutra Santana Júnior
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This project is a continuation of two undegraduate researches and a Master's degree that were developed linked to the recently completed FAPESP thematic project "The transatlantic circulation of printed matter - the globalization of culture in 19th century" (2011/07342-9). In this work we begin debating about Literary History (DARNTON, 1998; ABREU, 2014), which reflects about the need to look beyond the canonical works and to pay attention to reader's interests and, thereby, understand the "true literary experience of the past". From then on, we look for a way to contribute to the detailing of the investigating processing of the literary brazilian system formation (CANDIDO, 1959), which will be done as we detail some attempts to form literary collections, especially for Brazilian literature, identifying as many collections as possible and analyzing attempts that were released in Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of 19th century, in comparison with more consistent actions organized by publishers such as Quintino Bocaiuva (Bibliotheca Brasileira, 1862-1863), Paula Brito (Bibliotheca das Senhoras, 1859) and Baptiste-Louis Garnier (Brazilia Bibliotheca Nacional, 1870s). The collection and consequent analysis will be accomplished by observing advertisements and others spaces of 19th century newspapers, material that we have collected extensively in previous experiences, as well as bookstore catalogs, when available, plus the analysis of the material and textual data of publications produced. We try to understand how each of these initiatives, through their selection and editing works, coexisted with the dissemination of the literature in the newspapers' feuilleton, worked for production and circulation of literature and books in 19th century, and contributed to the consolidation of national literature and taste for literary reading. (AU)