Monasterios M., Freddy J.
December 2009
Letras (0459-1283);2009, Vol. 51 Issue 80, p241
Academic Journal
Here we attempt to outline some significant elements in the novel from the land of Brazilian literature, through the analysis of the novel Vidas Secas (Dry Lives) of the Brazilian writer Graciliano Ramos. A general review of the process of formation of Brazilian society, since the arrival of Europeans until our days, is carried out. The novel is analyzed in the light of sociological parameters that feature the Brazilian people, according to the anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro, and finally, we foreground those factors that define this work as representative of a popular cultural manifestation that aims at the proletarian who longs for a better future. The study was developed in the light of the methodological framework proposed in 1988 by the "Taller de Investigación Literaria sobre América Latina y el Caribe" (TILALC) (Workshop of Literary Research about Latin America and the Caribbean) in the work Apropiaciones de lo popular en la literatura latinoamericana y caribeña (Appropriations of the popular in Latin American and Caribbean literature). There it is stated that the popular in Latin American literary fiction can be examined by means of the following indicators: orality, mythical thought, present social dynamics, forms and events that express culture, and the presence of an aesthetic ideological project, implicit or otherwise. The thesis of our approach to Graciliano Ramos is to note how the sparing and whispering discourse of characters in this novel become the aesthetic artifices in a context of abandonment and misery of the Latin American peasant.


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