<i>Grande sertão</i>: <i>Veredas</i> e a defesa do ficcional

Grande sertão: Veredas e a defesa do ficcional This study examines <i>Grande sertão: veredas</i> as a novel that thematizes its own fictionality and develops a self-reflexive narrative about the value of fiction for understanding life. I argue that the shorter narratives inserted in the larger narrative exemplify and engage in metafictional play while working both to reveal reality as a façade and the fictional as a revelation. In more specific terms, I analyze the episodes involving Fancho Bode and Fulorêncio, as well as those centered around Davidão and Faustino, as metafictional commentaries. In addition, I consider the case of Dr. Hilário as a meditation on the potential of fictionality. Riobaldo can therefore be read as the character who pursues a chivalric story with rewards and an “overall outcome,” but who finds instead a different situation, one of loss and disenchantment. These are characteristics of the modern novel in the Cervantine tradition, and thus Riobaldo could be seen as a kind of Quixote or Mephistopheles of the <i>sertão</i>, carrying out a search for the fictitious and entering into a pact with the demiurgic forces of creation. Flawed in life, he is nonetheless successful in the role of a great novel’s incessantly talkative narrator. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Luso-Brazilian Review University of Wisconsin Press

<i>Grande sertão</i>: <i>Veredas</i> e a defesa do ficcional

Luso-Brazilian Review, Volume 52 (1) – May 27, 2015

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University of Wisconsin Press
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Copyright © 2008 the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
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Abstract

This study examines <i>Grande sertão: veredas</i> as a novel that thematizes its own fictionality and develops a self-reflexive narrative about the value of fiction for understanding life. I argue that the shorter narratives inserted in the larger narrative exemplify and engage in metafictional play while working both to reveal reality as a façade and the fictional as a revelation. In more specific terms, I analyze the episodes involving Fancho Bode and Fulorêncio, as well as those centered around Davidão and Faustino, as metafictional commentaries. In addition, I consider the case of Dr. Hilário as a meditation on the potential of fictionality. Riobaldo can therefore be read as the character who pursues a chivalric story with rewards and an “overall outcome,” but who finds instead a different situation, one of loss and disenchantment. These are characteristics of the modern novel in the Cervantine tradition, and thus Riobaldo could be seen as a kind of Quixote or Mephistopheles of the <i>sertão</i>, carrying out a search for the fictitious and entering into a pact with the demiurgic forces of creation. Flawed in life, he is nonetheless successful in the role of a great novel’s incessantly talkative narrator.

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Published: May 27, 2015

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