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The anecdotal humor in 'Aletria e hermenêutica' by Guimarães Rosa

Grant number: 12/50427-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2013
Effective date (End): February 28, 2015
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Brazilian Literature
Principal Investigator:Adelia Toledo Bezerra de Meneses
Grantee:Giselle Madureira Bueno
Host Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


In light of the thematic of the comic, humor and nonsense, this project aims to interpret the preface: Aletria e Hermenêutica from Tutameia: terceiras estórias. The basic idea consists in scrutinize, through intertextual approach, if not all of them, the majority of the interests which entwinement gives meaning to the preface; that is to say, in interpret in detail what Rosa called abstraction anecdote. Thus, this project, not only aims to curtain the linguistic artifices of the anecdotes or to discuss the modus operandi in Rosas heuristic, passed by the consciousness of the absurd, but also to apprehend the precarious unity woven into the text, the dynamic of its humorous, rhetorical, poetical and mystical format. Up to the present time, literary criticism has made an effort to fit the comic or the tutameico humor in a broadened historical, aesthetic and philosophical context, and to look for intimate resemblances with other thinkers reflections, such as Freud, Jankélévitch, Schopenhauer, Joachim Ritter, etc. The path taken by the present study is entirely another: to ponder over Rosas humor from itself, from its theorization and aesthetic concretization; to explore the tiny trails which the discursive organization of Tutameia and, especially, Aletria e hermenêutica makes available. Therefore, the key notion analysis of the abstraction anecdote, as well as of its hermeneutical usage, begins to indicate that Rosas discourse does not share the usual orderliness of the philosophical and scientific theories on the comic; its seriousness has another nature. The author's commitment to his collection of ideas it is before anything else aesthetic and logical transcendent than only logical: a crucial move which target is to jump from the comic to the supra-sense or to the sublime. (AU)

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