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World(s) apart – Borges Coelho’s Museu da Revolução and Writing in (and of) a Changing World

Gonçalves Miranda, Rui



This article will depart from Said’s position on the worldliness of texts and Pheng Cheah’s reflections on postcolonial literature as world literature (2016) towards a reading of João Paulo Borges Coelho’s 2021 novel Museu da Revolução. Borges Coelho’s position on the articulation between history, politics, and literature, as well as on the latter’s aim of transforming the local place without losing sight of the universal, will provide insights into the ways in which the novel confronts the wordlessness of globalization. By staging a fictional democratization (RANCIÈRE), Museu da Revolução inscribes new ethico-political horizons as a “text that strives to generate the context” (BORGES COELHO), necessarily including those that have been forgotten from consensual (historical, political, memory) narratives. Lastly, the novel’s positing of the transformative power of imagination will help flesh out the ways in which the “poetico-literary performativity” (DERRIDA) of texts can inscribe new ethico-political horizons and open up worlds (CHEAH) when faced with the neoliberalist cancellation of the future (BERARDI).


Gonçalves Miranda, R. (2022). World(s) apart – Borges Coelho’s Museu da Revolução and Writing in (and of) a Changing World. Gragoatá - Revista dos Programas de Pós-Graduação do Instituto de Letras da UFF, 27(59), Article e54292.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 28, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2022
Publication Date Dec 15, 2022
Deposit Date Aug 25, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 15, 2022
Journal Gragoatá
Print ISSN 1413-9073
Electronic ISSN 2358-4114
Publisher Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Instituto de Letras
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 59
Article Number e54292
Keywords General Medicine
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