Brazilian Literature Criticism: Contemporary Brazilian Writing - Essay

Nelson H. Vieira (essay date winter 1986)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Vieira, Nelson H. “Myth and Identity in Short Stories by Jorge Amado.” Studies in Short Fiction 23, no. 1 (winter 1986): 25-34.

[In the following essay, Vieira comments on the short narratives by Jorge Amado.]

Overshadowed by the success of such bawdy, sweeping, lyrical, and socially-minded novels as Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (1958), Shepherds of the Night (1964), Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1966), and Tereza Batista Home from the Wars (1972), Jorge Amado's short fiction has understandably received little attention from readers and critics. Except for the highly acclaimed short story/novella, A Morte e a Morte de...

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Kimberle S. López (essay date summer 1998)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: López, Kimberle S. “Modernismo and the Ambivalence of the Postcolonial Experience: Cannibalism, Primitivism, and Exoticism in Mário de Andrade's Macunaíma.1Luso-Brazilian Review 35, no. 1 (summer 1998): 25-38.

[In the following essay, López analyses Andrade's text as an attempt to define an inherently Brazilian language and literature.]

Este artigo analisa o texto Macunaíma (1928) de Mário de Andrade partindo da perspectiva do Primitivismo literário. A questão da formação de uma identidade literária brasileira é problemática quando se trata da utilização de conceitos europeus como o...

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Leda Maria Martins (essay date 1998)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Martins, Leda Maria. “Voices of the Black Feminine Corpus in Contemporary Brazilian Literature.” In Winds of Change: The Transforming Voices of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, edited by Adele S. Newson and Linda Strong-Leek, pp. 195-202. New York: Peter Lang, 1998.

[In the following essay, Martins chronicles attempts by black women writers in Brazil to create a language of self-definition and expression that reflects their condition, both as women and as black women.]

In the last decade the debate about women's role and figurations within the context of Brazilian literature and society has been very fruitful. A variety of essays not only give focus to...

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Paul B. Dixon (essay date 2001)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Dixon, Paul B. “Malandro Heaven: Amado's Utopian Vision.” In Jorge Amado: New Critical Essays, edited by Keith H. Brower, Earn E. Fitz, and Enrique Martínez-Vidal, pp. 57-74. New York: Routledge, 2001.

[In the following essay, Dixon analyzes the duality of Amado's utopian vision as presented in his novel Os pastores da noite.]

No discussion of Brazilian regionalism would be complete without including Jorge Amado. Few of the country's narrators, if any, have achieved a greater sense of place. Plentiful reference to the unique Afro-Brazilian realities of his native Bahia are, like dendê oil, coconut milk and malagueta pepper in a...

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