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Displacements: the novel without frontiers

Grant number: 15/50077-5
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: February 01, 2016 - January 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Comparative Literature
Convênio/Acordo: University of Warwick
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal Investigator:Sandra Guardini Teixeira Vasconcelos
Grantee:Sandra Guardini Teixeira Vasconcelos
Principal researcher abroad: Ross Forman
Institution abroad: University of Warwick, England
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:15/07155-5 - Displacements, decenterings: novels without borders, AP.R


Though an important tool in the diverse processes of nation-building and national identity across the globe, since its rise and consolidation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel has never recognized any frontiers. Through transmigration and transculturation, it has challenged what constitutes a polity or nation and what is Internal or foreign to these boundaries. The most symptomatic evidence of this porousness is certainly the Intersections, the mutual appropriations and cross-fertilizations which have always characterized the way the genre has been shaped - as hybrid, mixed, mimetic, and cosmopolitan par excellence. The questions that mobilise us are how a literary form thought to be enmeshed in a specific historical process - that of the rise of the European bourgeoisie and capitalism — could travel and prosper in other environments; how it accommodates the new cultural landscape; how it does and does not translate new realities and different contents across linguistic borders; and in what way the genre changes thanks to the new uses and new situations in this new time and place. The common abject that brings together these individual projects is, therefore, to map the contexts and relevance of these displacements and to investigate the synergies between the foundation and consolidation of the novel and its literary system in Brazil and beyond. (AU)

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