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Atlantic Writings: Postcolonial Perspectives for a Comparativism in Portuguese Language

Grant number: 19/27834-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2020
Effective date (End): November 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Comparative Literature
Principal Investigator:Emerson da Cruz Inácio
Grantee:Luca Fazzini
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The present research project proposes to investigate, based on the results of the Black Atlantic model proposed by Paul Gilroy (2012), and through a comparative methodological approach, examples of contemporary literary works through prose from the Portuguese-speaking Atlantic area, establishing possible relations between the three continental margins of the ocean. Such relationships would allow us to design the coordinates of what is intended to be a field of research, the Atlantic Literature in Portuguese, transnational and interdisciplinary 6 in its articulations between history, social sciences and literature 6, crossed by constant transits between distinct geographies and composed of multiple strategies of artistic and literary representation, marked by a relevant political function of questioning the epistemological perspectives on which western modernity has been based. As a starting point for thinking about the Atlantic writings, specifical transnational historical processes are applied, such as colonialism and slavery, as well as their persistence in contemporary times, which are evident, either through the huge migratory flows driven by the dynamics of globalization, or in the power strategies of biopolitics (FOUCAULT, 2005) and necropolitics (MBEMBE, 2016) in the North and in the South of the world. Therefore, the present project proposes a comparative approach that, instead of pointing to a globalization or abstract universalization of the study of literatures 6 dominant perspective in some studies around the concept of World Literature (DAMROSH, 2003/2009) and World Literature (MORETTI , 2001) 6, centres the debate on the violence and the specific experiences of geopolitical bodies, silenced and/or marginalized by the dynamics of colonial modernity and its persistence in contemporary times.

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