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A reading of the romantic ballads: variations of the genre and the manifestations of the fantastic, the grotesque and the sublime

Grant number: 17/13646-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2018
Effective date (End): December 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Brazilian Literature
Principal Investigator:Fabiano Rodrigo da Silva Santos
Grantee:Isabelle dos Santos Guimarães
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


The present research proposal aims to investigate the way in which supernatural theme ballads take on a particular and even innovative role in Brazilian romanticism. For this, three ballads by authors of Brazilian ultra-Romanticism, "Octavio and Branca or the Curse of the Mother", by Cardoso de Meneses; "My dream", by Álvares de Azevedo and "Orgia dos duendes" by Bernardo Guimarães. The considerations to be made start from the hypothesis that the genre of the ballad, of a hybrid nature, favored the experience with the flexibility of literary genres by cultivating a poetry, on the one hand, suggestive and hermetic and, on the other hand, rebellious before the established aesthetic models. From the particular uses that the three poems make of the language of the fantastic, the sublime and the grotesque, and the way they explore the transit between literary forms, in the instance of the ballad, effecting the conversion of the repertoire of narrative and dramatic poetry into lyric expression or the fusion between high and low tone, we intend to demonstrate how the genre of the ballad was cultivated in our romanticism as a platform for aesthetic renewal (AU)

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