“Sweet Elegy”: Romance and Normativity in Machado de Assis' Esau and Jacob

WhenFebruary 14, 2019 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
WhereCobb Lecture Hall, Room 115
Contact InformationCenter for Latin American Studies
Universidade de São Paulo

Since its release in 1904, Esau and Jacob, written by Brazil’s major 19th century writer, has been disturbing its critics due to the fact that it gives the impression that nothing seems to happen, that the plot goes nowhere. But, instead of being a weakness, this is where novel derives its strength, as this talk seeks to prove by dealing with the concept of “fictional worlds” developed by Thomas Pavel. In search of “pure ideal,” Flora, the main character, incorporates what Pavel calls “difficulté axiologique,” based on the very concept of Charles Taylor’s hypergoods, which, in a striking way, matches with notion of romance as defined by Northrop Frye—namely “the nearest of all literary forms to the wish-fulfillment dream.”

Free and open to the public.
Light lunch will be served.
For more information,
please contact clas@uchicago.edu.

Cosponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies.
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