Zilá Bernd (essay date 1994)
SOURCE: Bernd, Zilá. “The Construction and Deconstruction of Identity in Brazilian Literature.” In Latin American Identity and Constructions of Difference, edited by Amaryll Chanady, translation by Chanady, pp. 86-103. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994.
[In the following essay, Bernd discusses two Brazilian epics, particularly their focus on the use of mythology and tradition in order to articulate a national literature and identity.]
Identity cannot have a different form from that of narrative, because to define oneself is, in the last analysis, to narrate.
—Paul Ricoeur, Temps et...
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