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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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Saudades do Brasil

Saudades do Brasil

Claude Lévi-Strauss's Photographic Gaze on the City of São Paulo

(p.69) 5 Saudades do Brasil
São Paulo

David William Foster

University Press of Florida

In 1934, a young French anthropologist, Claude Lévi-Strauss, set out from the French port of Marseilles to assume a position in sociology at the newly formed Universidade de São Paulo. He first arrived in São Paulo in 1935, but his anthropological work is best represented by Tristes tropiques (Sad Tropics), a work that went on to have a major place in the development of twentieth-century anthropology. As part of his field work in Brazil, Lévi-Strauss took many photographs with indigenous themes, which he considered important as notes for his subsequent interpretations, but unimportant as creative productions themselves. Many of these photographs are included in Saudades do Brasil (Nostalgia for Brasil), which has received considerable attention as part of Lévi-Strauss's fieldwork. However, while attention has been devoted exclusively to the anthropological material, Saudades do Brasil includes a number of the photographs Lévi-Strauss took of São Paulo during his brief residence there, photographs that are an important part of the record of changes that took place in the city in the latter half of the 1930s.

Keywords:   Claude Lévi-Strauss, Saudades do Brasil, São Paulo, Tristes tropiques, photographs, anthropology, Brazil

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