Gabriel Neiva (Manchester): 'Amerindian traditions in fictional writings: A literary panorama of the Guianas'
|Dates:||22 April 2020|
|Times:||17:00 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
Part of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies seminar series.
Abstract: The national literatures of the Guianas, when contrasted with Amerindian oratures, present some striking continuities. Departing from the recurrent use of the regionally specific Amerindian notion of kanaima, the analysis of chosen literary texts reveals their aesthetic projects within literary tradition. Although produced in different time/spaces and using a variety of methods, these fictional literatures present the same underlying objective: to challenge the established canon and current national culture by including Amerindian practices and philosophies. They propose a modern and singular national identity based on principles of difference. Going through the research outcome of each country studied – Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela and Brazil – the presentation aims to draft a comparative literary panorama of the region, under the light of ethnographic accounts.
Role: PhD Researcher
Organisation: The University of Manchester
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