Central at the Margin: Five Brazilian Women Writers

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Bucknell University Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 214 pages
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Central at the Margin examines the work of five Brazilian women writers: Julia Lopes de Almeida, and women's power within and outside the family; Rachel de Queiroz and the relation between backcountry "matriarchs" and city wives and workers; Lygia Fagundes Telles and the crumbling world of the coffee aristocrat; Clarice Lispector and what constitutes a Brazilian, a woman, a writer; Carolina Maria de Jesus and the definition of marginality at the margin. They lived and worked between the late nineteenth century and the 1970s. Their names are widely recognized in Brazil: they are central to the literary scene there; collectively they have received every literary honor and prize available. The book examines the meaning of such centrality for women whose work is nevertheless not included in the history of the development of Brazilian literature--their centrality is problematic in their place of origin--and by implication, it questions concepts of centrality and marginality within Brazilian literature and in the relation between Brazilian and world literatures.
 

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Contents

Julia Lopes de Almeida Incomplete Compliance
33
A Womans Place Rachel de Queiroz
57
Lygia Fagundes Telles Political and Intimate
82
Identity Language Silence Clarice Lispector
103
Carolina Maria de Jesus A Different Word from a Different World
134
A Very Short Conclusion
153
Notes
155
Bibliography
191
Index
204
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Page 14 - Consequently, the political meanings of women's writing cannot be theorized in an a priori fashion, by appealing to an inherent relationship between gender and a specific linguistic or literary form, but can be addressed only by relating the diverse forms of women's writing to the cultural and ideological processes shaping the effects and potential limits of literary production at historically specific contexts.

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