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Reliquaries with the innermost self: the daily journals of Hector Abad Faciolince and Ricardo Piglia

Grant number: 20/16675-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2021
Effective date (End): September 30, 2025
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Literature Theory
Principal researcher:Márcio Orlando Seligmann-Silva
Grantee:Carla Carolina Moura Barreto
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This research project aims to analyze the literary works Lo que fue presente (2019), by Colombian Hector Abad and Faciolince Años de formación (2015), and Años de formación (2015), the first volume of the Diaries of Emilio Renzi, written by Argentinian writer Ricardo Piglia, in order to discuss how the authors re-elaborate their lives in their journals by remembering and reinventing themselves, and, thus, to examine the unique aspects of Faciolince and Piglia's narratives within the category "writers' journals" (Giordano, 2017). In the sequence, we intend to discuss the development process of the memories of character narrators, in an approach that is both micro (with regard to the personal experiences of each narrator) and macro (concerning historical issues presented in the works), seeking to understand how the individual rememorizing process is represented in the pieces selected from the journal, as well as their relationship to collective memory (HALBWACHS, 1990) and archive (DERRIDA, 2001); (ASSMANN, 2011). In addition, the study also aims to promote a debate over the relevance of testimonies in the narratives as well as discuss the concepts of authorship and the problematization of the author's figure in the works, by observing how reality/fiction, memory/History, the I/the other are intertwined in the narratives. To this end, this work's main bases for theory and critique will be Lejeune (2007; 2014), Ricoeur (2007), Halbwachs (1990), Derrida (2001), Barthes (2004; 2015), Foucault (2004; 2009), Giordano ( 2017), Seligmann-Silva (2008), among others.

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