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Brazil 2001
A Revisionary History of Brazilian Literature and Culture
João Cezar de Castro Rocha, ed.

Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies

2000 • 760 pp. 6 x 9"
Literary Criticism

$39.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-03-0

The most influential Brazilian poet of the 20th century

In one of his most intriguing poems, Carlos Drummond de Andrade provides inspiration for this current volume of Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies - Brazil 2001: A Revisionary History of Brazilian Literature and Culture. The poem, called “Hino Nacional,” is a paradoxical reconstruction of variegated efforts aimed at the building of the nation. In the final lines of the poem, however, it is “Brazil” - as an impossible Kantian thing-in-itself - that emerges and refuses all attempts to grasp its essence:

Brazil does not want us! It is sick and tired of us!
Our Brazil is in the afterworld. This is not Brazil.
There is no Brazil. By any chance, are there Brazilians?

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JOÃO CEZAR DE CASTRO ROCHA is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and Researcher at the Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa Científica (CNPq). He is author of Literatura e cordialidade. O público e o privado na cultura brasileira (EdUERJ, 1998), and O exílio do homem cordial. Ensaios e revisões (Museu da República, 2004).CARLOS DRUMMOND DE ANDRADE (1902–1987) born in Itabira, a mining village in Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. His parents were farmers of Portuguese ancestry. He went to a school of pharmacy in Belo Horizonte, but never worked as a pharmacist after graduation. He worked in government service for most of his life, eventually becoming director of history for the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Service of Brazil.

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