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Brazilian Portugal: the figure of Portugal in Mário de Andrade's thought

Grant number: 18/17481-5
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): December 03, 2018
Effective date (End): February 02, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Brazilian Literature
Principal researcher:Mirhiane Mendes de Abreu
Grantee:Mirhiane Mendes de Abreu
Host: Fernando Manuel Cabral Martins
Home Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal  

Abstract

The figure of Portugal and its ambivalences have impacted on the development of Mário de Andrade's thought. Letters exchanged with Portuguese intellectuals, collaborations in that country's magazines, reading marks in books, manuscripts, studies and others materials extant in his archives comprise a corpus through which can be traced the author's systematic investigation concerning the Lusitanian cultural field, a problem that was not completely explored through his critical reception, although referred in panoramic perspective studies about the modernist period. This research project aims to carry out this exam, claiming that the author delved into the Portuguese cultural content and incorporated it into his questions and inserted in them his conceptions about the act of narrating. There will be two methodological procedures adopted: the assemblage of the scattered textual materials, producing an anthology of the set dedicated to the aspects of the Portuguese culture; and the edition of the correspondence between him and the Portuguese, carried out through research in Portuguese archives and the author's personal files. My hypothesis follows the principle that the vast corpus comprised of loose texts and by the correspondence allows us to glimpse the central symbolical meanings of the Portuguese universe in the enunciation of Mário de Andrade's thoughts, which belong to the construction of the historical-cultural narrative of the country and the contemporary dialogue that made Portugal an expressive interlocutor.

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