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Spatial Representation and Literary Mobility in Brazilian Fiction: Dialogues between Tatiana Salem Levy's A chave da casa and Michel Laub's A maçã envenenada

Cimara Valim de Melo
Portuguese Studies
Vol. 31, No. 1 (2015), pp. 107-123
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/portstudies.31.1.0107
Page Count: 17
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Spatial Representation and Literary Mobility in Brazilian Fiction: Dialogues between Tatiana Salem Levy's A chave da casa and Michel Laub's A maçã envenenada
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This paper aims to investigate contemporary literature's dynamics in Brazil by looking into spatial practices within the novels A chave da casa (2007), by Tatiana Salem Levy, and A maçã envenenada (2013), by Michel Laub. Both authors — award-winning contemporary Brazilian novelists, marked by Jewish roots, and connected to different spatialities during their lives — are concerned with time and space movements alongside identity and memory within their literary experimentation processes. Thus, this paper analyses the dialogue between these selected works regarding space and time representation in order to understand their connections to the construction of identity. As a theoretical basis, Mikhail Bakhtin's, Gilles Deleuze's, and Zigmunt Bauman's thoughts on time and space are revisited. Space-time imagination has achieved worldwide coverage in contemporary Brazilian fiction: writers have constantly explored themes like transnational movements, migration and exile, representing transits all over the world and across national geographies. Therefore, examining Brazilian literature of the last decades has been a way of analysing new global cartographies through varied imagined peoples and identities.

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