Reflections on the urban and literature: Autran Dourado’s Uma vida em segredo (1964)

Authors: Araceli Masterson-Algar*,
Topics: Cultural Geography, Latin America, Immigration/Transnationalism
Keywords: urban cultural studies
Session Type: Interactive Short Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Jackson, Marriott, 5th Floor
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Autran Dourado’s short novel Uma vida em segredo (1964) reveals the ties between the ideological structures and the protagonist's specific social location in the state of Minas Gerais at the turn of the 20th century. Biela gradually becomes what Maria Lugones defines as ‘la callejera’, a female streetwalker of tactical, strategic and active subjectivity. This short presentation will reflect on how this work of literature works dichotomies of domination and subdual at multiple scales (body, house, city, region, nation) to reveal human experience as ‘grounded’ in specific time and place, and part and parcel of urban processes spanning from the Velha República at the turn of the twentieth century to the start of the dictatorship marking the novel’s publication in 1964.

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