Brazilian Literature as World Literature
Brazilian Literature as World Literature is not only an introduction to Brazilian literature but also a study of the connections between Brazil's literary production and that of the rest of the world, particularly European and North American literatures. It highlights the tension that has always existed in Brazilian literature between the imitation of European models and forms and a yearning for a tradition of its own, as well as the attempts by modernist writers to propose possible solutions, such as aesthetic cannibalism, to overcome this tension.
“This volume is an eloquent confirmation of the fact that world literature is inevitably the literature of a particular world. The world of Brazilian literature and its intricate history are deftly documented by a distinguished team of Brazilian scholars, especially in the context of Brazil's complex transatlantic triangulation with the European and African continents and their diasporic entanglements in the bicontinental American New World.” —Djelal Kadir, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, USA, and co-editor of the Routledge Companion to World Literature (2014)
“This is an authoritative survey of Brazilian literature as it developed in dialogue with Portuguese and French literatures, with resonances from other traditions of Europe, the Americas and Lusophone Africa, and then its projection outward through the translation of many of its major writers into other languages. An indispensable introduction to the study of Brazilian literature as world literature.” —Waïl S. Hassan, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
“Part of the Literatures as World Literature series, this volume places the literature of Brazil in world context … Taken together the essays provide a panorama of the relationships between Brazilian literature and its themes and contents with its European sources, and consider its current place in world literature. Summing Up: Recommended.” —CHOICE