Edited By Irene Maria F. Blayer and Dulce Maria Scott
Chapter Seven: Verbal Acrobatics: Word Play and Movement in Mário de Andrade’s Paulicea Desvairada and Patrícia Galvão’s Parque Industrial
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Word Play and Movement in Mário de Andrade’s Paulicea Desvairada and Patrícia Galvão’s Parque Industrial
Between the 1880s and the 1930s São Paulo’s population was doubling every 15 years. Immigrants, arriving from such diverse countries as Italy, Turkey, The Netherlands, Portugal, China, Spain, Germany, and Japan, “sometimes outnumber[ed] native Brazilians by a majority of 2 to 1” (Jackson, Industrial 115). This influx of immigrants coupled with industrialization resulted in exponential growth both demographically and geographically. The city seemed to take on a life of its own. There was a sensation that one could get lost in its shadowy corners or devoured by its jagged streets. Once well-known ruas now appeared distorted, neighborhoods shifted as newcomers squeezed themselves in and others were squeezed out. Life’s pace quickened, time lessened; the same place was now different: recognizable, but unfamiliar. This was modernity. This was São Paulo; and it was too big and too loud to be ignored.
This study will examine how the innovative language employed in Mário de Andrade’s collection of poems, Paulicea Desvairada1 (1922), and Patrícia Galvão’s pivotal novel, Parque Industrial (1933), reflects the velocity of modernity and the urban expansion that was being experienced in São Paulo during the first half of the twentieth century. In both texts, São Paulo is the central character; this rapidly...
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