Graciliano Ramos and the Making of Modern Brazil

Memory, Politics and Identities

Editor(s) Sara Brandellero,Lucia Villares

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism, Philosophy

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • June 2017 · 288 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781783169856
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781783169863
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783169870

About The Book

Graciliano Ramos and the Making of Modern Brazil brings updated criticism in English on the work of the prominent Brazilian writer Graciliano Ramos (1892–1953), a key figure in understanding the making of modern Brazil. Building on existing literature, this book innovates through chapters that consider issues such as Ramos’s dialogue with literary tradition, his cultural legacy for contemporary writers, and his treatment of racial discrimination and gender inequality through the multifarious, provocative and enduringly fascinating characters he created. The volume also addresses the question of Ramos’s political involvement during the years of the Getulio Vargas government (1930–45), to revisit established readings of the author’s politics. Through close reading of individual works as well as comparative analyses, this volume takes readers into the complexities of modernisation in Brazil, and highlights the writer’s significance for our understanding of Brazil today.


‘This volume of essays represents a welcome reappraisal of the works of a Brazilian writer whose innovative portrayals of poverty, social inequality, small-town life and economic migration are still surprising and relevant, more than fifty years after they were first published.’
-Dr Claire Williams, University of Oxford

‘Not before time, a collection of essays by some of the best-known scholars in Brazilian Studies, writing about one of Brazil’s greatest writers. A valuable addition to Graciliano Ramos’s bibliography in English or any language, for academics and students alike.’
-Professor M. M. Lisboa, University of Cambridge

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Sara Brandellero

Sara Brandellero is Assistant Professor in Brazilian Studies at Leiden University. Her publications include the book On a Knife-Edge: The Poetry of João Cabral de Melo Neto (Oxford University Press, 2011) and The Brazilian Road Movie: Journeys of (Self)Discovery (University of Wales Press, 2013).

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Author(s): Lucia Villares

Lucia Villares was a writer and academic. She lectured in Brazilian literature and culture at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Her publications include Examining Whiteness: Reading Clarice Lispector through Bessie Head and Toni Morrison (2011).

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