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Literary and Cultural Circulation

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Edited By José Luís Jobim

An important question concerning literary studies is the circulation of literary works beyond their place of origin. Many other aspects must also be taken into consideration, such as the asymmetric positioning of authors and their work in international circulation, which is conditioned by the relative position of languages and cultures in the global market. This volume focuses on literary and cultural circulation and includes essays that explore this topic through case studies, analysing works and authors from diverse literatures and cultures, and discussions of the theoretical issues surrounding circulation and all that it entails: temporality, place, method, material objects and concepts.

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10 Some Considerations on Processes of Literary Circulation: The Indigenous Cultural Matrix within the Brazilian Cultural Matrix (Fábio Almeida de Carvalho)

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Fábio Almeida de Carvalho 10 Some Considerations on Processes of Literary Circulation: The Indigenous Cultural Matrix within the Brazilian Cultural Matrix1 I The chapter at hand discusses the question guiding the present volume – “in what way does a given literary or cultural element, bearing an alleged origin in one place, insert itself into another place?” – from a perspective rooted in the recognition that the movement towards affirming and increasingly valuing the identities of American peoples is built along two dimensions, which are neither necessarily mutually exclusive nor complementary. The first is structured around a line of thought and action that focuses on the search for and affirmation of American cultural identities in the postcolonial period. The second, meanwhile, puts its weight behind a line of questioning aimed at the totalitarian and homogenizing character of national states, responsible for the silencing and/or erasure of the voices and identities of minorities historically relegated to a subaltern place in the social bodies of their nations. The first line may, as Jobim (2015) puts it, “generate better explanations, not only as to the reasons behind the ‘importation’ of certain elements” to the detriment of others, “but also regarding what meaning [imported elements] may have in [their] new context, in relation to other elements situated there.” 1 Matrix (matriz): in the sense of the place where something is generated or develops. 204 Fábio Almeida de Carvalho The second has seen its production and propagation favored by today’s environment, marked by the prevalence of...

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