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Rio em Obras: housing and urbanism in Machado de Assis and Lima Barreto

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Cinthia Aparecida Tragante
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: São Carlos.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC/SBD)
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Examining board members:
Telma de Barros Correia; Joubert José Lancha; Paulo César Garcez Marins
Advisor: Telma de Barros Correia

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the city of Rio de Janeiro went through several social, economic, political, cultural and historical changes. Since 1808, when the royal family arrived in Brazil, the city was radically transformed, with political and economical developments - like the Declaration of Independence, the economical increase caused by coffee culture, the end of the slave trade and investment in the city urbanistic reform. These transformations led to substantial changes in the urban and housing factors of the city of Rio de Janeiro in early twentieth century. These changes are portrayed in literature, especially in the novels of Machado de Assis and Lima Barreto, during the mid-nineteenth century and earlier 20th century. Considering the literary text as the city representation as a historical source, this work investigates which features and elements of the city of Rio de Janeiro are present in the novels and the way the writers portray the changes that occurred during this period, from the sociospatial and housing perspectives. The two authors compose the literary fiction using the environment and space description (homes, farms, hills, commerce, leisure spaces) as a vehicle to criticize a city under intense transformation. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/02088-0 - One city, two pens: housing and urbanism transformations in Rio de Janeiro by Machado de Assis and Lima Barreto
Grantee:Cinthia Aparecida Tragante
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master