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ERIC Number: EJ946130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Vinicius de Moraes and "Patria minha": The Politics of Writing in Post-War Brazil
Enslen, Joshua
Hispania, v94 n3 p416-428 Sep 2011
This article analyzes Vinicius de Moraes's "Patria minha" (1948) within the historical context of his first diplomatic post abroad. "Patria minha" was written while Moraes was stationed in Los Angeles as a Consul de Segunda Classe (Ministerio, "Moraes" 385). Moraes's poetic interpretations of Brazil often originated from the standpoint of the relationship between the sexes. "Patria minha" is no exception to this rule, since symbolically gendered relationships play an important role in the poem. Written as an open letter to Brazil of the late 1940s and conceived within the specific politico-cultural context of post-war Latin America, "Patria minha" traces through intimate imagery the contours of Brazilian identity as it conjures a complex and vulnerable nation. In the poem, the nation is articulated as being in transition and threatening dissolution because of its precarious position between local and global hegemonic discourses, namely the Vargas legacy and US expansionism. This article analyzes some of the analogies between Moraes's diplomatic work and his poetic conception of Brazilian identity during this tense period in national history by utilizing original archival materials, such as personal correspondence and diplomatic documents located in the Fundacao Casa de Rui Barbosa and in the Arquivo Historico do Itamaraty in Rio de Janeiro.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil