P32
Literature and other arts in contemporary Brazil: a (cross)cultural review

Convenors:
Cimara Valim de Melo (King's College London; IFRS)
Chair:
David Treece (King's College London)
Discussant:
David Treece (King's College London)
Location:
Malet 253
Start time:
3 April, 2014 at 11:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel seeks papers examining contemporary Brazilian forms of art, especially literature, cinema, music and visual arts. Topics might include cross-cultural issues in Brazil with regard to transnational overlaps, transits, displacement and foreignness in literature and other arts.

Long abstract:

Literature has an important kinship with other arts and can be seen as belonging to a collection of genres. Looking into the Brazilian cultural scene of the 20th and 21st century, there is evidence of a blurring of artistic boundaries and the increasing synergy between literature and other arts. In addition, works which experiment with other cultures through processes of cultural mixing or exchange beyond the boundaries have become more common in Brazil. Over the past few decades, Brazilian literature has become an organic and dynamic amalgam of different languages, aesthetics, times and spaces. Its multiplicity and flexibility has brought to light the possibilty of interaction with other arts and forms, particularly when we consider the maturity of the literary system in Brazil. Taking the novel as an example of the diversity of literature, we can observe that it has associations with urban spaces, where we can find a social and cultural constellation. Among this complex reality represented by the narrative, we see a convergence between displacement, foreignness and transits. Consequently, there has been a re-configuration of [ ] national borders through literature in terms of time and identity, as well as overlaps between different artistic fields. Confronting the relationship and boundaries between literature and other arts, this panel seeks papers examining contemporary Brazilian forms of art, especially literature, cinema, music and visual arts. Topics might include cross-cultural issues in Brazil with regard to transnational overlaps, and the interaction between writer, work and reader through different artistic views.