Masculinity in Graciliano Ramos

3 February 2011, 12:00 - 13:30

CRASSH Seminar Room

Dr Lucia Villares presents her work at the CRASSH Postdoctoral Research Seminar.

A light buffet lunch will be provided. Please contact Dr Anne Alexander to reserve a place. Reading materials will be available before the seminar.

Abstract

This paper will focus of the study of the novel Angústia (1936) by the Brazilian author Graciliano Ramos (1892-1953). I will compare the notion of masculinity expressed in this book and two discourses on masculinity that circulated at the time in Brazil: the traditional masculinist machismo of the Northeast and the concept of masculinity embedded in Gilberto Freyre’s theory on miscegenation in Brazil; crucial to the development of the myth of the country racial democracy.  I will focus on the representation of male and female bodies; exploring how concepts of masculinity relate to the author’s views on the country’s racial history.