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New Directions in Latino American Cultures

Brazil under Construction

Fiction and Public Works

Authors: Beal, S.

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About this book

Brazil under Construction tracks how Brazil's major public works projects and the fiction surrounding them mark a twofold construction of the nation: the functional construction of the country's public infrastructure and the symbolic construction of nationhood.

About the authors

Sophia Beal is an is an assistant professor in Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Reviews

"A brilliant contribution to a fascinating emergent field: the imagination of infrastructure. Sophia Beal helps restore the strangeness to those enormous public works on which everyday life depends but that seem too big for the individual consumer to take in. This is 'material culture' both with gusto and with geopolitical vision. Students and teachers across the disciplines and around the globe will be delighted and inspired by it." - Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Department of English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, USA

"Brazil under Construction is an original and exciting reading of Brazilian literature through the lens of how notions of modernization intersect with the development of the country's urban infrastructure. Sophia Beal examines how authors have discussed transportation, electricity, sewage, Brasília, bridges, and traffic congestion to examine the ways in which intellectuals and writers have understood progress and modernity and their effects on the physical transformations of the landscape. This eloquently written work presents a lively sweep of diverse literary representations of Brazil's modernization projects from electric streetcars and street lamps to the new capital of Brasília; the majestic bridge spanning the harbor of Rio de Janeiro; and the chaos, disorder, and traffic jams that symbolize the industrial powerhouse of São Paulo." - James N. Green, Professor of Brazilian History and Culture, Brown University, USA


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • An Introduction to the Fiction of Public Works

    Beal, Sophia

    Pages 1-21

  • Conquering the Dark: Literature, Lighting, and Public Space in Rio de Janeiro in the Early 1900s

    Beal, Sophia

    Pages 23-53

  • The Spectacle of Light: A Public Works Company in Southeastern Brazil (1906–1971)

    Beal, Sophia

    Pages 55-77

  • Brasília: The Real and Promised City in 1960s Brazilian Literature

    Beal, Sophia

    Pages 79-97

  • Fiction and Massive Public Works during the Brazilian Military Regime (1964–1985)

    Beal, Sophia

    Pages 99-120

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-32248-7
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Hardcover $100.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-32247-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $95.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-45839-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Brazil under Construction
Book Subtitle
Fiction and Public Works
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Latino American Cultures
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Sophia Beal
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32248-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137322487
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32247-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45839-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 198
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics