Brazilian Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Bacarisse, Pamela. “Fernando Pessoa: Towards an Understanding of a Key Attitude.” Luso-Brazilian Review 17, no. 1 (1980): 51-61.

Discussion of the theme of contempt in Pessoa's writing and theory.

Fitz, Earl E. “Eroticizing the Sign: Sexuality and Being in the Narrative World of Clarice Lispector.” Romance Languages Annual 9 (1997): 478-85.

Analysis of the role of sexuality in Lispector's narratives, noting that it is reflective of the author's own psychological state.

Igel, Regina. “Brazilian Jewish Women Writers at the Crossroads.” In Passion Memory Identity, edited by Marjorie Agosín, pp. 59-84. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999.

Examines issues surrounding lack of opportunities for Brazilian Jewish women writers, including a brief overview of some of their works.

Menezes, Philadelpho. “Verbal and Visual Intersemiosis in Aesthetical Experiments—The Case of Contemporary Brazilian Culture.” In Semiotics Around the World: Synthesis in Diversity, edited by Irmengard Rauch and Gerald F. Carr, pp. 295-98. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1997.

Brief overview of Brazilian contemporary art.

Nance, Kimberly A. “Blancos as Indígenas: Inverting the Indigenista Novel.” Hispanic Journal 18, no. 2 (fall 1997): 291-303.

Describes Pasulo de Carvalho-Neto's use of the Indian in his works as a powerfully ironic portrayal of white culture.

Needell, Jeffrey D. “The Domestic Civilizing Mission: The Cultural Role of the State in Brazil, 1808-1930.” Luso-Brazilian Review 36, no. 1 (summer 1999): 1-18.

Offers an account of the role of the Brazilian government in the development and imposition of a cultural and national identity on Brazilian society in the early-nineteenth century.

Patai, Daphne. “Race and Politics in Two Brazilian Utopias.” Luso-Brazilian Review 19, no. 1 (summer 1982): 66-81.

Examines the role of Brazil in utopian literature.

Topik, Steven. “Where Is the Coffee? Coffee and Brazilian Identity.” Luso-Brazilian Review 36, no. 2 (winter 1999): 87-92.

Contends that despite its importance in Brazilian history, coffee is not a major symbol in Brazilian art, literature, and culture.

Vieira, Nelson H. “Bruxaria [Witchcraft] and Espiritismo [Spiritism]: Popular Culture and Popular Religion in Contemporary Brazilian Fiction.” Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 15 (1996): 175-88.

Probes the intermingling of Brazilian popular culture with Brazilian fiction.

Wasserman, Renata. “The Theater of José de Anchieta and the Definition of Brazilian Literature.” Luso-Brazilian Review 36, no. 1 (summer 1999): 71-85.

Explains the role played by Jesuit missionary literature in the telling of Brazilian history and culture via the works of Anchieta.