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Literary project and politics in Adeodato Barreto

Grant number: 19/07975-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2019
Effective date (End): April 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Other Vernacular Literatures
Principal researcher:Helder Garmes
Grantee:Lucas Henrique Lima Vecchi
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This project aims to analyze the work Hindu Civilization (1935) by Adeodato Barreto (1905-1937), in order to understand his literary and cultural conceptions and their relationship with the socio-political context of the time. Born in Goa, a former Portuguese colony in India, he lived in Portugal during the 1920s and 1930s, where he wrote most of his works. Hindu civilization is a book that expresses and defends the culture of age-old India. The author wrote this work while living in the country that colonized and subjugated Goa, but which at that time was interested in Indian traditions, albeit in the line of the Orientalism problematized by Edward Said. The present study proposes to discuss how the aesthetic-literary dimension of the book relates to its political dimension, since to defend the Indian tradition, especially the Hindu tradition, in the language and territory of the colonizer generated a set of contradictions that had to be overcome. (AU)