The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2017

"Besieged Plots: Urbanization and Non-Human Agency in
Clarice Lispector's The Besieged City"

by Victoria Saramago, University of Chicago

December 4, 2017 (Monday), 4:00 pm

UMass Dartmouth, LARTS 212 (parking lot 1)

Flyer of the event (pdf format)


Victoria Saramago
Victoria Saramago, University of Chicago
The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press in collaboration with the PhD Program in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory, the Department of Portuguese, and Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives presents:

"Besieged Plots: Urbanization and Non-Human Agency in Clarice Lispector's The Besieged City"
by Victoria Saramago, University of Chicago

Date: December 4, 2017 (Monday), 4:00 pm
Where: UMass Dartmouth, LARTS 212 (parking lot 1)
Remarks: All are welcome. Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments will be served.

Abstract. In her third novel, A Cidade Sitiada (The Besieged City, 1949), Clarice Lispector offers a powerful reflection on urban growth in Brazil in the first decades of the twentieth century. At the same time, lengthy descriptions of the fictional suburb of São Geraldo enable a highly original relativization of human agency on the grammatical and narrative levels. Objects, machines, streets, animals, weather, and other non-human agents blur a narrative hierarchy between an environmental background and a foreground popularized by human characters. This talk explores the role of non-human agency in the novel as related to the intense reflection on the potential and the limits of urbanization in Brazil.

Bio. Victoria Saramago is an assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in Iberian and Latin American Cultures from Stanford University, as well as BA and MA degrees in Brazilian Literature from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. She is currently working on a book project titled Fictional Environments: Mimesis and Deforestation in Latin America, that investigates how fictional works have become sites for the production of knowledge, imagination, and intervention on Latin American environments from the 1940s to the 1960s. She is the author of O Duplo do Pai: 0 Filho e a Fico de Cristovo Tezza (2013), and of a number of articles on Latin American and Luso-Brazilian literature.

For more information, please contact Prof. Victor Mendes(vmendes@umassd.edu)

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