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Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas

Charles A. Perrone

Publication Year: 2010

In this highly original volume, Charles Perrone explores how recent Brazilian lyric engages with its counterparts throughout the Western Hemisphere in an increasingly globalized world. This pioneering, tour-de-force study focuses on the years from 1985 to the present and examines poetic output--from song and visual poetry to discursive verse--across a range of media.

At the core of Perrone's work are in-depth examinations of five phenomena: the use of the English language and the reception of American poetry in Brazil; representations and engagements with U.S. culture, especially with respect to film and popular music; epic poems of hemispheric solidarity; contemporary dialogues between Brazilian and Spanish American poets; and the innovative musical, lyrical, and commercially successful work that evolved from the 1960s movement Tropicalia.

Published by: University Press of Florida


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Title Page, Copyright

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List of Illustrations

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p. vii

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

This book has taken shape over the last ten to twelve years and, given its temporal focus and themes, contemporary and current, the research and writing could easily continue to grow for another decade. Yet here it is now, hic et nunc, aqui e agora. Looking back, I can situate early incentives to commence...

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Introduction. Interfaces: Insularity, Invention, Brazilian Lyric in/and the Americas

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pp. xiii-xvi

Interfaces may connote any number of aspects of encounter, exchange, communication, and especially technology, all of which are relevant to the international inquiry that I have undertaken here. The word normally signifies a point of contact and conversation for two or more processes, between...

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1. Insular Outreach, Moveable Outlook: Transamerican Currents in Brazilian Lyric

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pp. 1-32

Can one be at once more oneself and more a national being through poetic appeals to the selves and signs of potent Others and their locations in the same hemisphere? Do poets feel that they expand the reach of their craft by using nonprint vehicles, by composing in different languages, or by redefining...

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2. Allusive, Elusive: Brazilian Reflections of/on USAmerican Literature

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pp. 33-65

Thus begins a poem written by Walt Whitman upon the birth of the republic of Brazil in 1889. The topic is especially apropos for Whitman, as a seer who celebrated self, difference, and the Americas, and who influenced poets of modernismo and beyond. Not until a century after this verse of welcome...

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3. Inter Arts Inter Alia: Film, Popular Music, and Media Lore in the Poetic Imagination

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pp. 66-96

As shown in the preceding chapter, in the late twentieth century and the early twenty-first, the scope, purvey, domain, and operational space of Brazilian poetry tended toward an expansion that increasingly considered— fraternally, critically, fruitfully—the language and literature of the United States. The....

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4. Three Centuries, Three Americas: Epical Fellowships and Hemispheric Imperatives

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pp. 97-135

A prolific Brazilian jazz pianist living in New York in the late twentieth century writes that her latest release aims to attain broad musical coverage, “to capture the musical essence of each America and combine their various rhythms and sounds to beat as one heart.” Given the vast array of popular musical...

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5. Banda Hispânica: Spanish American–Brazilian Links in Lyric and Landings

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pp. 136-163

Since the 1990s the major development in all areas of human endeavor involving communication has most certainly been the diversification and unbridled spread of the Internet. On the World Wide Web, dissemination and exchange of information, in the widest sense of the word, have exploded in heretofore...

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6. Scions of Tropicália: Of Signs, Soundings, Song, and Science

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pp. 164-178

Discussions of Brazilian culture since the 1960s inevitably deal with a flourishing in the expressive arts known as Tropicália or tropicalismo. While it was a multimedia movement, inspired in visual and dramatic venues alike, the primary manifestations of Tropicalist aesthetics were in urban popular music. In...

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7. (In-)Conclusion: Intersection Interaction Interlocution

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pp. 179-188

After a journey through diverse territories and decades of Brazilian lyric in the series of chapters above, questions naturally arise from the examination of repertories that so exceed the traditional bounds of poetry, questions that interrogate the premises of interface, of peoples and styles, of invention-discovery...


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pp. 189-213


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pp. 215-237


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pp. 239-250

E-ISBN-13: 9780813045214
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813034218
Print-ISBN-10: 0813034213

Page Count: 264
Illustrations: 12 b&w figures
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 801842177
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas

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  • Brazilian poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
  • America -- In literature.
  • Brazil -- In literature.
  • Literature and globalization -- Brazil.
  • Brazilian literature -- American influences.
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