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International Yearbook of Futurism Studies...

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International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

Ed. by Berghaus, Günter

e-ISSN 2192-029X

Volume 7


Ed. by Aguirre, Mariana / Sarabia, Rosa / Silverman, Renée M. / Vasconcelos, Ricardo

In coop. with Berghaus, Günter / Lee, Sze Wah

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April 2017
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Between Letters and Memoirs: Behind the Scenes of Futurism in Brazil

Abreu, Mirhiane Mendes de


Critical literature on the Brazilian experience with Futurism often includes a well-known statement by Mário de Andrade, one of the main figures in the development of the Modernist aesthetic in the country: “I am not a Futurist!” Prompted by this peremptory statement, this essay compares the correspondence between Brazilian Modernist intellectuals at the beginning of their careers with their memoirs, written years later. It also focusses on newspaper chronicles of the time, with the objective of characterizing the development of Futurism in the Brazilian cultural context, and examines the meaning of the word ‘Futurism’ in the critical discussions within the Modernist movement in Brazil. In a letter to Mário de Andrade, Manuel Bandeira expressed his esteem of Marinetti in 1926. Such admiration was questioned and problematized by Mário de Andrade in epistolary dialogues with his avant-garde colleagues. The memoirs of Mário da Silva Brito and Rubens Borba de Moraes contribute to the understanding of the many semantic nuances attributed to the concept of ‘Futurism’ in Brazil. Oswald de Andrade, another central character of the Modernist movement in Brazil, wrote essays during the 1920s in which the word ‘Futurism’ was related to the artistic innovations then en vogue. Like his companions, he also recalled such debates in his memoirs some decades later.

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Mirhiane Mendes de Abreu (2017). Between Letters and Memoirs: Behind the Scenes of Futurism in Brazil. In Mariana Aguirre, Rosa Sarabia, Renée M. Silverman, Ricardo Vasconcelos (Eds.), 2017 (pp. 267–287). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834-015

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834

Online ISBN: 9783110527834

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