Accepted Paper:

The sphinx and the movies  


Rosane Ramos (King's College London)

Paper short abstract:

This paper aims to approach lyrical subjectivity into contemporary Brazilian literature nowadays, through the cinematographic adaptation of two Raduan Nassar’s novels, 'Lavoura arcaica' and 'Um copo de cólera'.

Paper long abstract:

Contemporary Brazilian novels bring several aspects into discussion, such as marginality, violence, individualism and periphery values. The issues seem to be linked with the huge shifting Brazilians have been facing over the last decades, when the country became an urban nation, with the concentration of the major part of its population in the big cities.

These themes appear in the narratives wrapped by new ways of capturing reality of life inside the cities; writers create new stylistics manners to deal with reality, searching for a way to discuss it. Among these literary techniques must be noticed the insertion of mixed references from the writing of the everyday life, as texts of diaries, newspaper articles, screenplays - and narratives marked by the suspension of any linearity or logical sequences, some tending to expose an undoubtable lyricism.

Raduan Nassar was one of the contemporary authors that brought lyricism to evidence. Considered one of the 1970's writers with biggest precision in composition, treatment of the word and its significances among other names in intimist narrative, Nassar is the only one named by Alfredo Bosi, for example, in terms of poetic prose. To Luiz Fernando Carvalho, movie director of 'Lavoura arcaica' (2001), it was precisely the lyrical narrative what has allowed the direct filming, without a screenplay.

This paper intends, through this example, approach to the mosaic contemporary narratives in Brazilian novels are showing today, with special attention to lyricism - subject of the investigation this PhD researcher is working at King's College.

Panel P32
Literature and other arts in contemporary Brazil: a (cross)cultural review