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Palgrave Macmillan

Literary and Cultural Relations between Brazil and Mexico

Deep Undercurrents

ISBN 9781137379863
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Literatures of the Americas

Joining a timely conversation within the field of intra-American literature, Literary and Cultural Relations Between Brazil and Mexico, proposes an innovative assessment of cultural relations in Latin America in a context of enormous diversity. Paulo Moreira focuses on a series of imaginative encounters involving extraordinary writers, artists, filmmakers, and thinkers from Brazil and Mexico to represent the amazing potential of intercultural contacts within Latin America. Ultimately, these encounters serve as the basis for an important discussion about the reconfiguration of the idea of Latin America the mostly untold story of horizontal (south-south) contacts across a multilingual, multicultural continent.

Paulo Moreira is Associate Professor of Portuguese at Yale University, USA. He is the author of Modernismo Localista, a book on the short stories of William Faulkner, Guimarães Rosa, and Juan Rulfo, and he has published articles on American, Brazilian, and Mexican twentieth-century literatures.

1. First Undercurrents
2. Ronald de Carvalho (and Carlos Pellicer): Modern Poets of America
3. Alfonso Reyes: Mexico and Brazil in a Nutshell
4. When Mexican Poets Come to Rio de Janeiro
5. Érico Veríssimo's Journey into Mexico
6. João Guimarães Rosa Between Life and Death in His Own Páramo
7. Why and for What Purpose do Latin American Fiction Writers Travel? Silviano Santiago's Viagem ao México and The Roots and Labyrinths of Latin America
8. Nelson Pereira dos Santos and the Mexican Golden Age of Cinema
9. Paul Leduc Reads Rubem Fonseca: The Globalization of Violence or The Violence of Globalization
10. The Delicate Crime of Beto Brant and Felipe Ehrenberg
11. Undercurrents, Still Flowing


"This is an example of inter-American literary scholarship at its most perceptive. Moreira deftly connects seminal works from both Mexico and Brazil and shows the reader how, on the question of their modern New World heritage, these profoundly influential New World texts compare and contrast with each other. In doing so, he anticipates a variety of additional readings involving both the United States and Canada. Literature and Cultural Relations Between Brazil and Mexico: Deep Undercurrents must be immediately regarded as 'required reading' for all inter-Americanists." - Earl E. Fitz, Professor of Portuguese, Spanish, and Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt University, USA
"Paulo Moreira's Literary and Cultural Relations Between and Mexico: Deep Undercurrents is a ground-breaking scholarly study that challenges issues of nationalist exceptionalism by pointing to the myriad cultural undercurrents between Brazil and Mexico from a perspective of curiosity, openness, and identification. Rather than national antagonism and tension, Moreira's intellectual coordinates, for uncovering the invisible linkages and cultural rapport frequently muffled by nationalist ideologies, stem from his sharpened focus upon transnational optics that point to how alterity across borders can lead to enriching experiences. With a well-documented and cogently written narrative, Moreira delves into the intercultural activities and literary relations between these two nations via a series of trenchantly interpretative chapters from colonial to contemporary literature." - Nelson H. Vieira, University Professor, Professor of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies, Chair, and Judaic Studies, Brown University, USA
'The 'deep undercurrents' in the title of this book is indeed a great metaphor. Moreira's imagination spins around these undertows in such a way that at the end of each chapter the reader, after having submerged, will re-surface and look back at writers and artists through the most comprehensive lenses, thus understanding how uncannily close Mexican and Brazilian cultures can be at times. It is a refreshing, welcome, and necessary contribution to Latin American studies.' - Pedro Meira Monteiro, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University, USA
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