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David William Foster

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036656

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036656.001.0001

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Mário de Andrade

Mário de Andrade

On Being São Paulo-Wise in Paulicéia desvairada

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(p.13) 1 Mário de Andrade
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São Paulo
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David William Foster

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036656.003.0002

This chapter examines the poetry of Mário de Andrade devoted to the city of São Paulo. Andrade was responsible for a wealth of artistic materials important to the emergence of a national Brazilian literature in the context of the Semana de Arte Moderna, perhaps none more notable that his antiheroic novel Macunaíma (1928), which deals with the experiences in São Paulo of a visitor from the indigenous interior. While Macunaíma provides a memorable Bakhtinian interpretation of the city and has been widely studied, much denser in terms of a poetic engagement with the city is the volume of poetry studied here, Paulicéia desvairada (Hallucinated São Paulo; 1922), a work whose title points, with its head noun, toward an epic vision of the city which is in turn parodied by the accompanying adjective: desvairada, meaning “hallucinated” or “delirious.” A work directly tied by date to the Semana de Arte Moderna, Paulicéia is the first significant literary interpretation of São Paulo in Brazilian literature.

Keywords:   Mário de Andrade, São Paulo, poetry, Brazilian literature, Arte Moderna, Macunaima, Paulicéia desvairada, hallucinated

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