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Title:
Machado de Assis : reflections on a Brazilian master writer
Author:
Graham, Richard, 1934-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xiii, 134 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Dom Casmurro : realism and intentionalism revisited / John Gledson -- Dom Casmurro : simulacrum and allegory / João Adolfo Hansen -- Dependents play chess : political dialogues in Machado de Assis / Sidney Chalhoub -- Machado in English/ Daphne Patai.
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ISBN:
9780292728219

9780292728226
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A collection of four essays which address the question of the author's realism in his five mature masterpieces.


Summary

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908) never left Brazil and rarely traveled outside his native city of Rio de Janeiro, yet he is widely acknowledged by those who have read him as one of the major authors of the nineteenth century. His works are full of subtle irony, relentless psychological insights, and brilliant literary innovations. Yet, because he wrote in Portuguese, a language outside the mainstream of Western culture, those with access to his writings are relatively few.

This book is designed not only to call new attention to this master but also to raise questions about the nature of literature itself and current alternative views on how it can be approached. Four essays address the question of Machado's "realism" in the five masterpiece novels of his maturity, especially Dom Casmurro. The noted contributors include John Gledson (University of Liverpool), Jo#65533;o Adolfo Hansen (Universidade de S#65533;o Paulo), Sidney Chalhoub (Universidade de Campinas), and Daphne Patai (University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

Dain Borges of the University of California at San Diego says, "[This is the] only collection explicitly debating the question that polarizes contemporary Brazilian criticism of Machado de Assis: was he a sophisticated late realist, or was he a pioneering anti-realist, even a postmodernist? The [essayists] marshal their evidence and argument with virtuosity andarrive at sharply opposing conclusions."


Reviews 2

Choice Review

Comprising papers presented at an academic conference for the purpose of introducing a series of new translations, including several of Machado's major novels, this book introduces Machado to an audience not familiar with this major world author. It contains no "reflections" on Machado: all of the ideas have been published in the books listed in the critical bibliography. One of the flaws of this kind of volume is that the essays are pointed in such a way as to suggest that interpretation is a choice between opposites, in this case between Machado as a realist whose ideas were inevitably tied to sociopolitical origins or Machado as a modernist avant-la-lettre whose works are precocious statements of a 20th-century aesthetic. Although such a dichotomy may sharpen the volume and encourage the kind of argument valued by the editor, a distinguished historian, the result impoverishes the possibilities of complex readings. Further, the "two" Machados proposed here are set up by translator John Gledson, a specialist known by scholars worldwide to have an exclusive ideological and historical view of Machado as a "deceptive realist." The result is a circumstantial piece that reduces Machado to the mere status of a "Brazilian master." Recommended for comprehensive academic collections only, and not for undergraduates. K. D. Jackson; Yale University


Choice Review

Comprising papers presented at an academic conference for the purpose of introducing a series of new translations, including several of Machado's major novels, this book introduces Machado to an audience not familiar with this major world author. It contains no "reflections" on Machado: all of the ideas have been published in the books listed in the critical bibliography. One of the flaws of this kind of volume is that the essays are pointed in such a way as to suggest that interpretation is a choice between opposites, in this case between Machado as a realist whose ideas were inevitably tied to sociopolitical origins or Machado as a modernist avant-la-lettre whose works are precocious statements of a 20th-century aesthetic. Although such a dichotomy may sharpen the volume and encourage the kind of argument valued by the editor, a distinguished historian, the result impoverishes the possibilities of complex readings. Further, the "two" Machados proposed here are set up by translator John Gledson, a specialist known by scholars worldwide to have an exclusive ideological and historical view of Machado as a "deceptive realist." The result is a circumstantial piece that reduces Machado to the mere status of a "Brazilian master." Recommended for comprehensive academic collections only, and not for undergraduates. K. D. Jackson; Yale University


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Dom Casmurro: Realism and Intentionalism RevisitedJohn Gledson
2 Dom Casmurro: Simulacrum and AllegoryJoao Adolfo Hansen
3 Dependents Play Chess: Political Dialogues in Machado de AssisSidney Chalhoub
4 Machado in EnglishDaphne Patai
References
Index
Introduction
1 Dom Casmurro: Realism and Intentionalism RevisitedJohn Gledson
2 Dom Casmurro: Simulacrum and AllegoryJoao Adolfo Hansen
3 Dependents Play Chess: Political Dialogues in Machado de AssisSidney Chalhoub
4 Machado in EnglishDaphne Patai
References
Index

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