This book associates the Brazilian novel The Guarany (1857), by José de Alencar, to the main Gothic novels that flourished in England in the second half of the eighteenth century and in the beginning of the nineteenth century. Considered a key text of Brazilian Romanticism, The Guarany is traditionally celebrated for its Indianist content. This innovative reading identifies discursive and image appropriations from English fiction particularly in regard to the sublime rhetoric (conductor of the Gothic effect) and the representation of the antagonist (lawlessness model). Acclimatised to the Brazilian context, the Gothic elements comprise a tension between the progressive ideals purported by Alencar and the Brazilian reality, marked by a quest for national identity post–emancipation. In the construction of the Brazilian identity thought out by Alencar there is the incorporation of certain specific features of the English Gothic whilst others are rejected. This study presents evidence of Gothic images in The Guarany and offers an interpretation of the meaning of a Gothic villain in a pre–republican Brazil. Preface by Glennis Byron.?From an early age Daniel Serravalle de Sá has alternated between long periods of residence in Brazil and Britain. This trajectory has influenced his personal formation, including his reading and writing habits. Daniel has worked at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Universidade de São Paulo, and the University of Manchester, where he was appointed to be Leitor by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations. Daniel completed his PhD entitled ‘Brazilian Horror: Zé do Caixão and the Gothic in the cinema of José Mojica Marins’ at The University of Manchester in 2009. His particular research interests incorporate the study of popular culture, literary theory, and the relationship between literature and cinema. In recent years, Daniel has written about the Gothic and its manifestations in different cultural contexts.
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|data pubblicazione: ||Gennaio 2010|