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Peripheral life trajectories: violence between the ordinary and the extraordinary in (auto)biographical narratives and poetics

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This project intends to investigate narrative and poetic structuring of political performances in the transits of life trajectories of subjects from the urban peripheries of Brazil, as a contribution to the study of mobilities (BLACKLEDGE et al, 2014) in Applied Linguistics. Life trajectories indicate a methodological path in an attempt to understand the mobilities of enunciative forms that relate the individual and the collective and the performative nature (AUSTIN, 1962) of the multiple (auto)biographical practices. Violence, understood as a social marker that has been manifested in Brazilian society since the 1980s, is chosen as a thematic parameter to understand how peripheral subjects take part in political action as a response to the structural and state violence to which they are submitted. Thereby we seek to observe the transit between the ordinary language (WITTGENSTEIN, 1953) and the narratives of the extraordinary in the memories of violence, as well as to recognize the forms of mourning and trauma in these contexts (DAS, 2007). Within a methodological proposal of working on archived (auto)biographical resources, through an ethnographic approach, three fronts were defined for the empirical task of assembling the corpora: i. micro life stories; ii. confluent formations in singular life trajectories (Marielle Franco and Sabotage), and iii. Narratives of life based on family experiences of mourning. The research proposes to handle with corpora made up of various linguistic, semiotic and media typologies. In analytical terms, it is of interest to mobilize instruments that allow pointing interpretative directions along (BLOMMAERT; RAMPTON, 2011) to track the pragmatics of textual trajectories and semiotic & genres confluences (BAUMAN & BRIGGS, 1990; ARFUCH, 2010), to look at the forms of time and space in peripheral life trajectories (FACINA; SILVA; LOPES, 2019) and to read multiple narrative identities (RICOEUR, 1997). (AU)

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