Brazilian Literature Criticism: Modernism And Postmodernism In Brazil - Essay

Zilá Bernd (essay date 1994)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

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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Zita Nunes (essay date 1994)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Nunes, Zita. “Anthropology and Race in Brazilian Modernism.” In Colonial Discourse/Postcolonial Theory, edited by Francis Barker, Peter Hulme, and Margaret Iversen, pp. 115-25. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994.

[In the following essay, Nunes contends that most Brazilian literature is deeply concerned with the definition of a national identity.]

                    Pouca saúde e muita saúva
                    Os males do Brasil sao.

With fewer ants and better health Brazil will lead the world in wealth.

(Mario de Andrade, Macunaíma)1

The...

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Randal Johnson (essay date 1999)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Johnson, Randal. “Brazilian Modernism: An Idea Out of Place?” In Modernism and Its Margins: Reinscribing Cultural Modernity from Spain and Latin America, edited by Anthony L. Geist and José B. Monleón, pp. 186-214. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1999.

[In the following essay, Johnson reviews the Brazilian modernist movement of the 1920s and 1930s as a response to European modernist movements as well as a cultural expression of postcolonial Brazil.]

We are neither Europeans nor North Americans. Lacking an original culture, nothing is foreign to us because everything is. The painful construction of ourselves develops within the...

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