Machado De Assis

Machado De Assis

Toward A Poetics of Emulation

eBook - 2015
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This book offers an alternative explanation for one of the core dilemmas of Brazilian literary criticism: the "midlife crisis" Machado de Assis underwent from 1878 to 1880, the result of which was the writing of The Posthumous Memoirs of Br#65533;s Cubas , as well as the remarkable production of his mature years--with an emphasis on his masterpiece, Dom Casmurro .

At the center of this alternative explanation, Castro Rocha situates the fallout from the success enjoyed by E#65533;a de Queir#65533;s with the publication of Cousin Bas#65533;lio and Machado's two long texts condemning the author and his work. Literary and aesthetic rivalries come to the fore, allowing for a new theoretical framework based on a literary appropriation of "thick description," the method proposed by anthropologist Clifford Geertz. From this method, Castro Rocha derives his key hypothesis: an unforeseen consequence of Machado's reaction to E#65533;a's novel was a return to the classical notion of aemulatio , which led Machado to develop a "poetics of emulation."
Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781609174682
Characteristics: 1 online resource (308 pages).


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