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ERIC Number: EJ910341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
The Real and Promised Brasilia: "An Asymmetrical Symbol in 1960s Brazilian Literature"
Beal, Sophia
Hispania, v93 n1 p1-10 Mar 2010
To write about Brasilia in the 1960s was to write about a dual city, part symbol and part reality. This dual city grew out of an impulse to oversimplify representations of the real city in order to preserve its mythic promise of national progress. The oversimplifications derived from a national desire to showcase how Brazil had found an authentic path toward its own progress, as opposed to copying preexisting models in other nations. Three texts from the 1960s challenge efforts to preserve the ideal vision of the new capital at any cost and alternatively expose the city's asymmetries and complexities, which were often glossed over in discourses that idealized the construction of Brasilia as the definitive symbol of national progress. These texts are Clarice Lispector's "cronica" "Brasilia: cinco dias" (1964), Jose Marques da Silva's "Diario de um candango" (1963), and Jose Geraldo Vieira's novel "Paralelo 16: Brasilia" (1966). (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil