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Magic algebra: between genre and aesthetics: the uncanny in some short stories of Guimarães Rosa

Grant number: 19/09299-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2019
Effective date (End): December 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Brazilian Literature
Principal researcher:Fábio Rigatto de Souza Andrade
Grantee:Felipe de Moraes
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Considering a few of Guimarães Rosa's short stories, namely - "Makiné" and "Chronos kai anagke", from Antes das primeiras estórias; "Conversa de bois", from Sagarana; "A menina de lá" and "Um moço muito branco" from Primeiras Estórias; "Sobre a escova e a dúvida", "Os três homens e o boi dos três que inventaram o boi" and "Umas formas" from Tutaméia - this research will focus on how far and how differently at each point the uncanny (unheimlich) plays a significant role in his work. This approach will cover tales from his very early publications, in obscure medical magazines, during the twenties, up to his most experimental narratives, included in Tutaméia, published in the sixties. By doing so, my aim is to analyse the "evolution" of the uncanny as an aesthetic component of the estrangement in his work - a sign of its own formal developing, changing from a purer fantastic, in Todorov's concept, in the first narratives, passing through a Latin-American consciousness of the "magic-realism", towards a more metafictive and intricate personal solution, fully dependent on a new complexity and ingenuity of unusual perspective and narrative points of view.

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