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Author Fitz, Earl E., author

Title Machado de Assis and narrative theory : language, imitation, art, and verisimilitude in the last six novels / Earl E. Fitz
Published Lewisburg, Pennsylvania : Bucknell University Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource
Series Bucknell studies in Latin American literature and theory
Bucknell studies in Latin American literature and theory.
Contents The Posthumous memoirs of BrĂ¡s Cubas -- The psychiatrist -- Quincas Borba -- Dom Casmurro -- Esau and Jacob -- Counselor Ayres Memorial -- Conclusion
Summary This book makes the argument that Machado de Assis, hailed as one of Latin American literature's greatest writers, was also a major theoretician of the modern novel form. Steeped in the works of Western literature and an imaginative reader of French Symbolist poetry, Machado creates, between 1880 and 1908, a "new narrative," one that will presage the groundbreaking theories of Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure by showing how even the language of narrative cannot escape being elusive and ambiguous in terms of meaning. It is from this discovery about the nature of language as a self-referential semiotic system that Machado crafts his "new narrative." Long celebrated in Brazil as a dazzlingly original writer, Machado has struggled to gain respect and attention outside the Luso-Brazilian ken. He is the epitome of the "outsider" or "marginal," the iconoclastic and wildly innovative genius who hails from a culture rarely studied in the Western literary hierarchy and so consigned to the status of "eccentric." Had the Brazilian master written not in Portuguese but English, French, or German, he would today be regarded as one of the true exemplars of the modern novel, in expression as well as in theory. Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 07, 2022)
Subject Machado de Assis, 1839-1908.
Machado de Assis, 1839-1908 -- Technique
Machado de Assis, 1839-1908 -- Technique
Machado de Assis, 1839-1908.
Narration (Rhetoric)
18.38 Portuguese-American literature.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Form Electronic book
Author Bucknell University Press.
LC no. 2018057884
ISBN 1684481163