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International Journal of Literary Culture / Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur

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Volume 48, Issue 2

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Eine magische Enzyklopädie Amazoniens? Der Romanzyklus von Dalcídio Jurandir

Willi Bolle
  • Departamento de Letras Modernas/FFLCH, Universidade de São Paulo, Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, 403, 05508-900 São Paulo – SP, Brazil
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Published Online: 2013-11-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arcadia-2013-0025

Abstract

The ca. 3,000 pages of Dalcídio Jurandir’s (1909–1979) cycle of ten novels contain an encyclopaedic abundance of information on the everyday history and culture of the inhabitants of Amazonia, especially the lower classes. The story narrated in this work has the structure of a Bildungsroman, a novel of individual development, and a Gesellschaftsroman, a novel about society. The action takes place in the 1920s and is located in the regional metropolis of Belém and its fluvial surroundings. My analysis and interpretation of this work as an encyclopaedia of Amazonia draws on the following concepts: 1) “Cycle”, especially in the form of the genre of a “roman-fleuve”; 2) “Paideia”, in the original meaning of “education of children and young people”; 3) “Dictionary”, as a reference to the Dictionnaire raisonné of the French Encyclopaedists, but above all in the etymological meaning of a collection of “dictions”: of remarkable phrases from the people. Using the notion of “magical encyclopaedia”, taken from Walter Benjamin, I emphasize how Jurandir confronts the practical wisdom of popular culture, based in part on legendary and mythological elements, with the challenges of modernity.

Keywords: encyclopaedia,; roman-fleuve,; paideia,; dictionary,; Amazonia.

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Willi Bolle


Published Online: 2013-11-01

Published in Print: 2013-11-01


Citation Information: Arcadia, Volume 48, Issue 2, Pages 368–390, ISSN (Online) 1613-0642, ISSN (Print) 0003-7982, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arcadia-2013-0025.

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