Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story

Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story

by K. David Jackson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195167597

ISBN-13: 9780195167597

Pub. Date: 06/21/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story contains a selection of short stories by the best-known authors in Brazilian literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. With few exceptions, these stories have appeared in English translation, although widely separated in time and often published in obscure journals. Here they are united in a

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The Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story contains a selection of short stories by the best-known authors in Brazilian literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. With few exceptions, these stories have appeared in English translation, although widely separated in time and often published in obscure journals. Here they are united in a coherent edition representing Brazil's modern, vibrant literature and culture. J.M. Machado de Assis, who first perfected the genre, wrote at least sixty stories considered to be masterpieces of world literature. Ten of his stories are included here, and are accompanied by strong and diverse representations of the contemporary story in Brazil, featuring nine stories by Clarice Lispector and seven by João Guimarães Rosa. The remaining 34 authors include Mário de Andrade, Graciliano Ramos, Osman Lins, Dalton Trevisan, and other major names whose stories in translation exhibit profound artistry.

The anthology is divided into four major periods, "Tropical Belle-Époque," "Modernism," "Modernism at Mid-Century," and "Contemporary Views." There is a general introduction to Brazilian literary culture and introductions to each of the four sections, with descriptions of the authors and a general bibliography on Brazil and Brazilian literature in English. It includes stories of innovation (Mário de Andrade), psychological suspense (Graciliano Ramos), satire and perversion (Dalton Trevisan), altered realities and perceptions (Murilo Rubião), repression and sexuality (Hilda Hilst, Autran Dourado), myth (Nélida Piñón), urban life (Lygia Fagundes Telles, Rubem Fonescal), the oral tale (Jorge Amado, Rachel de Queiroz) and other overarching themes and issues of Brazilian culture. The anthology concludes with a haunting story set in the opera theater in Manaus by one of Brazil's most recently successful writers, Milton Hatoum.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195167597
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/21/2006
Pages:
542
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : World World Vast World of the Brazilian short story3
Wedding song38
The Siamese academies42
The fortune-teller48
Life55
The nurse61
The secret heart68
A woman's arms75
Dona Paula82
Father versus mother89
Wallow, swine!97
Going after rubber101
Returning from rubber gathering106
Aunt Zeze's tears111
The baby in Rose Tarlatan116
An episode in a hotel121
The man who knew Javanese127
The funnyman who repented135
It can hurt plenty150
The Christmas Turkey160
The death of the standard-bearer164
The first corpse172
The beauty contest181
Gaetaninho186
Sardanapalo189
Joao Urso194
The thief203
Whale211
How Porciuncula the Mulatto got the corpse off his back215
Metonymy, or the husband's revenge (drama in three scenes)223
Down our street228
Fandango : the life and death of a Gaucho235
The guerrilla242
The house of the melancholy angel244
The buffalo262
The chicken268
The smallest woman in the world270
The breaking of the bread274
The fifth story276
Miss Algrave278
The body283
Plaza Maua288
Beauty and the beast, or, the wound too great291
The girl from beyond299
Much ado302
Soroco, his mother, his daughter312
The third bank of the river315
Treetops319
Those Lopes325
The jaguar328
Baroque tale or tripartite unity355
Easter Sunday366
The corpse in the parlor378
The vampire of Curitiba383
Her times two386
Miguel's theft404
Big-bellied cow414
Brief flower419
Just a saxophone424
Zacarias, the pyrotechnist431
The misplaced machine437
The cow440
The last poor man443
Bald Island447
Marta : a souvenir of New York456
Large intestine460
Order of the day468
The Prophet481
Agda486
The file cabinet493
Carol head Lina heart496
Dragons ...502
The truth is a seven-headed animal510

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