Books Reviewed e13 Gouveia, Saulo. The Triumph of Brazilian Modernism: The Metanarrative of Emancipation and Counter-Narratives. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2013. 296 pp. Notes. Works Cited. Index. Textbooks, literary histories, educators, and scholars frequently have made the same overarching claim about the Brazilian modernist movement of the 1920s: it constituted a liberating rupture from worn-out styles and themes. The Triumph of Brazilian Modernism challenges this assumption by arguing that, although the aesthetics of Modernism constituted a rupture, other aspects of the movement-- such as its sponsorship, milieu, and glorification of the bandeirantes--maintained conservative traditions more than normally is acknowledged. Gouveia asks the following questions about the Brazilian Modernist movement of the 1920s (which from here on I'll refer to as Modernism): Who decided that Modernism stood for emancipation? How did this idea become normalized? In what ways does this definition of Modernism overlook conservative components of the movement? To answer these questions, Gouveia historicizes texts that have too often, in his view, been read primarily on formalist grounds. The ampersand in the book's title marks the division between Part One and Part Two of Gouveia's study. Part One chronologically examines how Modernism became synonymous with
Luso-Brazilian Review – University of Wisconsin Press
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