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Tableaux paulistanos: twilight representations of the metropolis in Brazilian modernist poetry

Grant number: 22/14556-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2023
Effective date (End): September 30, 2024
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Brazilian Literature
Principal Investigator:Vagner Camilo
Grantee:Gabriela Lopes de Azevedo
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research deals with the representation of modern city and its experience in Brazilian poetry. It is intended to work only with poems about the modern city, in special about the city of São Paulo, written by Guilherme de Almeida, Ribeiro Couto, Sérgio Milliet and Luís Aranha. All authors are from São Paulo, to some extent engaged in the cultural landmark "Modern Art Week of 1922", their poetic works have been forgotten and frequently accused to be Parnassian or Symbolist and not to be Modern poetry. As such, through the process of analysis and interpretation over this kind of poem of metropolis lyrics, the tableaux, we will debate some constitutive contradictions of Brazilian modernity experience and possibilities of manifestations for Modernist aesthetics. Being the big city the primordial space for all transformations and features of modern world, the metropolis is a subject which can be researched from different epistemological perspectives, as the architectonic, urbanistic, geographic, historiographic perspective etc., and also literary perspective. São Paulo in the verses of Brazilian poets don't reveal only traits of the city in beginning of Twenty century, but also its utopias, its stalemates, its qualms, the fears of the group who produced it and the society which received this literary product. (AU)

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