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North and south: the experience of disillusion

Grant number: 19/19958-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2020
Effective date (End): January 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Literatures
Principal researcher:Sandra Guardini Teixeira Vasconcelos
Grantee:Rafaella Gobbo Reis da Silva
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The following research project intends to investigate Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, North and South, and its formal literary shapes constructed by the narrator's 'voice' concerning class relations between characters as expressions of 'experiences of disillusion'. In this sense, this research project aims to analyse the formal mechanisms in which the narrator constructs the loss of an immanent meaning through the novel's social relations. This study starts from George Lukács' concept of "romance da desilusão" accepted as "a desintegração, a ausência de forma, devido à incapacidade de dominar o tempo existente dotado de força e peso excessivos", and intends to expose the reverberations and burden, inside the novel, of a historical condition, such as the Industrial Era, permeated by the impossibility of symbolical meanings and values towards the world, as well as this condition reflected upon the formal structures created by the third person narrator.

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