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From European Modernity to Pan-American National Identity

Literary Confluences between Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire and Machado de Assis


Greicy Pinto Bellin

This book analyses the relationships between the writers Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire and Machado de Assis, showing their impact on representations of literary modernity and literary national identity in the Americas. The central argument is that Machado de Assis parodied Baudelaire by criticizing the French influence on Brazilian literature of his time, as well as emulating Poe by searching for a Pan-American identity in the representation of the urban scene, nationalism, the female figure and the world of work. Pan-Americanism emerges from both Poe’s and Machado de Assis’s critical reflections on literary national identity in non-hegemonic contexts as a way of deconstructing the idea of literary modernity.
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Series Editor Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha Professor of Comparative Literature at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).

This book series aims to bring together two cultural traditions that shaped Brazil as an “imagined community”, to recall Benedict Anderson: on the one hand, the so-called pensamento social brasileiro, founded on an essayistic tradition, scrutinized Brazilian historical processes in order to glean an all-encompassing answer to the question of national identity; on the other hand, the academic tradition, rooted in the university, privileged theoretical and methodological concerns over literary style. Brazilian Studies aims to bridge the gap between these two traditions, enriching both precisely by virtue of their differences.

The series welcomes manuscripts in all disciplines of human and social sciences and literary and cultural studies. It is open to multiple, even opposing, theoretical and methodological approaches: from literary criticism and comparative literature to archival and intellectual history; from cultural and media studies to material culture; from film and television studies to art history and education; from anthropological to sociological and historical case studies. Brazilian Studies will foster exchanges between new trends in scholarship in Brazil and the English-speaking world, providing a platform for studies on Brazilian history, society, culture and literature.

Esta coleção pretende reunir duas tradições culturais que moldaram o Brasil enquanto “comunidade imaginada”, para recordar o conceito de Benedict Anderson. De um lado, o chamado pensamento social brasileiro, baseado na tradição ensaística,...

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