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I-narrator and literary persona in Machado de Assis' chronicles and Charles Lamb's essays

Grant number: 20/06475-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2021
Effective date (End): March 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Comparative Literature
Principal researcher:Lucia Granja
Grantee:Daniel Lago Monteiro
Supervisor abroad: Ana Claudia Surian da Silva Gruter
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University College London (UCL), England  
Associated to the scholarship:18/00812-9 - I-Narrator and Literary Persona in Machado de Assis' chronicles and Charles Lamb's essays, BP.PD

Abstract

This project investigates the affinities between the essays of Charles Lamb (1775-1834), principally Essays of Elia, a serialized publication for The London Magazine, and the series of chronicles written by Machado de Assis (1839-1908) from the uniform behavior of an "I" narrator who comments on daily incidents in light of his memories and life experiences. Either through pseudonyms or anonymity, both Lamb and Machado developed in their serialized publications a narrator who is partly a projection of themselves, and partly of a fictitious literary persona. This study therefore reexamines a debate dear to a generation of Brazilian intellectuals who dwelt on the formal affinities between the English periodical essay, also known as the familiar essay, and a specific kind of chronicle developed in 19th century Brazil. Both the familiar essay and Brazilian chronicles, as pointed out by these intellectuals: - Vinicius de Moraes, Afrânio Coutinho, Alexandre Eulálio, Eugênio Gomes, among others, - are sharpened by the light, ironic, familiar, and confessional tone oriented towards the ephemerides of daily life. In the specific case of this research, on Lamb's essays and Machado's chronicles, the hypothesis is that the wide range of topics in these authors' publications, gathered from the various paths and turns of their lives and through periodicals, agglutinates in a unifying voice that poetically reworks personal and collective memories. (AU)

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